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September 22, 2019

Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye attends the opening ceremony of Earthquake Response Simulation Exercise

Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye addresses the opening ceremony of Earthquake Response Simulation Exercise of the National Disastor Management Committee and its Working Committee in Nay Pyi Taw. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr. Win Myat Aye attended and addressed the opening ceremony of Earthquake Response Simulation Exercise of the National Disastor Management Committee and its Working Committee at the Hilton Hotel in Nay Pyi Taw, yesterday morning.
During the ceremony, Dr. Win Myat Aye said, “Myanmar is an earthquake-prone country due to its geographical location and weather conditions. If we do not ready ourselves to handle an earthquake, it may cause damage and casualties. Efforts are being made to disseminate knowledge on earthquake hazards among the people.
“Media play a vital role in executing this plan, such as through television series, stories and episodes,” he added.
“Drills are being conducted to make ourselves effective (in a disaster), and today’s simulation exercise is important for ensuring an immediate emergency response, which includes creating a precise and strong system,” he stated.
“The readiness for action process, administrative management and prevention of earthquake hazards are as important as tackling the aftermath of an earthquake,” he added.
He said all these processes were related to protecting human life and property, and if the country suffered a disaster, effective connections and organisation would play a vital role.
“I would like to urge all participants to be aware of the situation. Effective response is needed for the implementation process, and this must be discussed,” he noted.
UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Knut Ostby extended his greetings and took a group photograph with Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye and Director Dr. Min Thein. Director Daw Phyu Lei Lei Tun clarified the rules and regulations.
An official of the United Nations office for coordination of humanitarian affairs explained that the coordination process included search and rescue operations in disaster-prone areas.
Next, he explained the purpose of the drills and the need to make arrangements for an immediate response to disasters within seven days. Later, group discussions were held to discuss the preparations and suggestions made by the participants.
Deputy Minister U Soe Aung, committee members, officials from the ministry, Tatmadaw representatives, partnership associations, academicians and other officials also attended the ceremony.

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