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November 14, 2019

Invest today in disaster preparedness for a safer tomorrow

  • A low-pressure area has recently formed over the Andaman Sea, and it still persists. It is forecast to reach the Gulf of Mottama and the adjoining deltaic area within the next 36 hours, according to observations made at 3.30 pm yesterday.
    The forecast has alerted us that the cyclone season is coming.
    Myanmar has two cyclone seasons. The pre-monsoon months start in mid-April and end in mid-May, and the post-monsoon months are October and November. The Department of Meteorology and Hydrology closely monitor the formation of cyclones during both periods by means of daily weather maps, upper air observation maps, numerical weather forecast products and satellite images.
    Cyclone Nargis in 2008 and the 2015 flood, the worst in decades, alerted us to carry out natural disaster preparedness.
    Natural disasters will definitely occur. It is found that the frequency of natural disasters has risen, along with its destructive power. If the level of disaster management remains the same while the power or strength of natural disaster rises, there willbe an increase in damage and losses.
    Not only individuals, but the whole world are being threatened by naturaldisasters, and the world’s countries need to work together and individually to put emphasis on the works of mitigating and reducing the effects of natural disasters
    A better and more effective disaster management is sine qua non to respond to powerful natural disasters.
    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 what to do.
    Preparation on response programmes and follow up programmes after the disasters is a must for us.
    In conducting recovery or reconstruction works, they should be done not only to repair up to original standards but also to include additional safeguards that can withstand future natural disasters.
    Furthermore, cooperation with the people in natural disaster management has progressed from a normal process to a Community-Based Disaster Risk Management process.
    Preparations against earthquakes, erosion of river banks and landslides are high capital, high-cost works. But, as the saying goes, “Invest today for a safer tomorrow,” 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 and coordinate together with an aim to prevent or reduce the damage and loss of lives caused by natural disasters.

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