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September 20, 2018

Quality infrastructure a must to prevent landslides

  • Our country’s four-month-long rainy season will possibly bring strong winds, storms, cyclones, heavy rainfall, lightning, hail, floods, flash floods and landslides.
    There are two kinds of disasters. Secondary disasters can originate from a primary disaster in another area – for example, the cyclone that once passed through Chittagong in Bangladesh into Maungtaw in Myanmar, brought about torrential rainfall in northern Myanmar and flash floods in Magway region that resulted in 46 deaths and the disappearance of 115 people.
    Natural disasters will definitely occur. It is found that the frequency of natural disasters has risen, along with their destructive power. If the level of disaster management remains the same, even as the strength of natural disasters rises, damages and losses will increase.
    Therefore, it is necessary to take early preventive measures against secondary disasters. It is also necessary to prepare emergency response strategies and resettlement plans.
    Myanmar’s hilly areas see heavy rain in the rainy season and face landslides. Hence, care must be taken to ensure all the construction projects, including the roads, are built by meeting the set standards for high quality.
    Building retaining walls and canals along the roads are a must in hilly areas to prevent landslides, and preparations must be taken to quickly respond to the disaster with machinery to clear blocked roads in the rainy season.
    Regarding disasters in our country, we know the time, place and the type of disasters that can occur in our region, and we should be prepared for them.
    Not only individuals, but the whole world is threatened by natural disasters, and countries need to work together and individually to mitigate and reduce the effects of natural disasters. A better and more effective disaster management is sine qua non to respond to powerful natural disasters.
    Prevention is better than responding. Investing in natural disaster preventive/preparation works not only reduces damages and losses, but also lowers the cost of reconstruction and redevelopment.
    There is a need for all to work together and coordinate to prevent or reduce the damage and loss of lives caused by natural disasters.
    Furthermore, we need to ensure proper coordination on how to effectively use the funds requested for long-term natural disaster prevention programmes and how to use the natural disaster fund.

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