13 October 2017
The International Day for Disaster Reduction was held in Yangon on Friday. The event is organized as a part of promoting global culture of risk awareness and disaster reduction.
This year’s theme is “Home Safe Home”, aiming to contribute safe homes and livelihood by reducing numbers of people affected by disasters.
In Myanmar the Natural Disaster Management Law was enacted in 2013. It highlights to establish a network for disaster risk management; until ward and village level administrations. Authorities considered it helpful for disaster reduction.
Moreover, the law also calls to find out various kinds of natural disasters based on specific areas for better preparedness.
DIRECTOR, RELIEF AND RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT (YANGON REGION), WIN SHWE said “We make the network to be wider and stronger as per description in the law, so that we can make better protection. We also welcome public to participate in the process. And that’s what we also focus on.”
School buildings are supposed to consider as the “safe place”, where the Myanmar Red Cross Society have focused on making the buildings resilient as well as educating students on raising awareness.
HEAD, KYAUKTAN TOWNSHIP RED CROSS SOCIETY, AUNG KYAW OO said “We focus especially on academic schools. When we found the buildings are not resilient, we help to maintain them in term of buildings and roads. We also approach educating to children on disasters. It means to corporate with their parents when it happens.”
The day was originally held on second Wednesday of October, however it was formally designated as October 13th as the annual date by the United Nations General Assembly.