ISLAMABAD The first satellite disaster management and logistics centre worth Rs 200 million was inaugurated here at Pakistan Red Crescent Society National Headquarters on Sunday by Tekin K__KALI, the President of Turkish Red Crescent Society. Senior member of Pakistan Red Crescent Managing board Mr. Ch Nawaz, Secretary General Muhammad Ilyas, Director Operation Ateeq Siddiqui, Director General Turkish Red Crescent Omer Tasli and others were present on the occasion. Under the capacity development project, a Disaster Management and Logistics Center (DMLC) was constructed within the area of Pakistani Red Crescents Headquarters on an area of nearly 660 metre square. Within the framework of the MoU relating to disaster response and logistic support, a state-of-the-art DM&LC has been established, furnished and equipped at Islamabad, which is the centre of coordination for planning and response activities of the PRCS. The DMLC Islamabad at present is capable of national emergency response activities, but in the future, through the continuous support of the TRC, it will be capable of international emergency response as the TRC Disaster Operations Centre (DOC)/AFOM in Ankara, on which it is modelled. The PRCSs DMLC is going to be a central hub for information and resource deployment. The response effort will be smoother than past operations. The construction cost and allied equipments of DM&LC spend up to $ 1.6 million. Keeping in view the importance of telecommunication during disasters, emergency communication network system has been established at PRCS HQ and all of its respective branches in coordination with PRCS. The emergency system consists of fixed and mobile HF-VHF radios, television and Internet connections and satellite network. The total cost of telecommunication project is US $ 240,000. So as to facilitate the recovery of the affected community, Turkish Red Crescent is also constructing a traditional Turkish mosque at district Bagh, AJK. For this purpose, US$ 2.3 million has been allocated. Till date 50 percent of the construction work has been completed.