September 24, 2017

Preparedness key to mitigating effects of natural disasters

With no casualties reported and quick repairs to many damaged buildings in the disaster caused by Cyclone Mora, Myanmar has seen the positive results of its disaster preparedness.
The government is taking a leading role in disaster preparedness and response to natural disasters, while engaging with philanthropic organisations and the humanitarian community to help the country deal with the inevitable challenges of weather and acts of nature.
This preparation is all the more important with the upcoming monsoon season, which usually brings with it natural disasters such as floods and landslides.
Myanmar ranked 42nd out of 171 countries in the world that are most at risk to natural disasters and ranked 15th highest in the world for a lack of readiness in responding to natural disasters.
The time and circumstances demand our unity and readiness to resist and respond to natural disasters.
Combined with global warming, the evil effects of natural disasters related to climate change are threatening the safety of our planet.
The consequences of climate change cannot be avoided, but the Union government has already demonstrated that disaster preparedness and rapid response can save lives and make a huge difference.
The new government is working on natural disaster response preparation that includes the strengthening of roads and bridges, improving communications and increasing the usage of electric power, prioritising resources for natural disaster preparedness and working on the additional construction of emergency shelters in places where they’re most needed.
The government is planning to further strengthen its disaster response systems in the wake of Cyclone Mora, which killed scores of people in neighbouring Bangladesh and left thousands homeless in both nations.
No deaths were reported in Myanmar, although many homes, schools and government buildings were damaged by the cyclone with winds up to 135 kph (85 mph).
An issue on the Agreement on Cooperation in Natural Disaster Early Warning and Migitation between ASEAN and the Russian Federation was debated at the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw recently.
Dr. Win Myat Aye, Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, seconded the motion that the agreement would enable Myanmar to respond more effectively to natural disasters in future.
Public awareness and participation plays a vital role in lessening the losses and damage caused by natural disasters.
The government needs support to uphold its duty to the people in the country, and it is important for the organisations and community to know that their work and support is not only vital, but also in keeping with humanitarian ideals.

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