August 19, 2016

Natural disasters are inevitable but preventable

If there is one thing Myanmar, as a developing country, should do in response to the outbreak of disaster, it would be none but to concentrate on building resilience and reducing vulnerabilities to the impacts of climate change.
Recent torrential rains have caused floods, river swelling and dam burst, affecting human life and property in some parts of the country and destroying religious buildings, schools and transportation facilities.
On the other hand, these incidents stressed the need to develop ecosystem management practices and establish institutional capacities for vulnerability assessment at national level. It will be better if the government can make efforts to integrate disaster preparedness measures into national development planning.
Natural disasters are inevitable, but their impacts can be mitigated by preventive measures, early warnings, timely evacuation efforts and prompt rescue services including healthcare and clothing.
Since forests and climate are entwined, deforestation has adverse effects on weather patterns. As a result, extreme weather patterns propel natural disasters. It is apparent that greedy business people and corrupt authorities should be held accountable for hillsides and mountain ranges denuded of trees for commercial reasons.
After all, there is a commonly-held view in the country that the country enjoys fine weather all the year round as long as the powers that be behave with great dignity.


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