Acknowledge government and volunteer initiatives in DRR

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While anyone cannot prevent natural disasters, their impacts can be mitigated through effective preparations. Throughout history, the world’s inhabitants, both living beings and inanimate entities, have endured a variety of natural disasters, including storms, heavy rains, landslides, flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis, and unexpected disease outbreaks. In the face of these challenges, both humans and animals have exhibited remarkable resilience and adaptability, finding creative ways to minimize the devastation.
The recent monsoon season wreaked havoc on Southeast Asian nations, with Myanmar experiencing ferocious storms, landslides, and widespread flooding. Concurrently, various countries worldwide have grappled with a relentless onslaught of natural disasters.
In Libya’s city of Derna, heavy rains breached the embankments of two major dams, resulting in over 11,000 fatalities and more than 10,000 individuals reported missing till 19 September, according to the international media but the World Health Organization confirmed 3,922 deaths. Furthermore, severe squalls claimed the lives of over 170 people across Libya. The World Meteorological Organization Secretary-General Petteri Taalas, emphasized the importance of continuous meteorological and hydrological services to reduce casualties during extreme weather events.
The catastrophic events in Libya underscore a vital lesson: adequate preparation is the most effective defence against natural disasters. Such preparations should aim to minimize property damage and protect human lives. Even when fatigue sets in during disaster preparedness efforts, these endeavours are invaluable in safeguarding lives and mitigating impacts.
This monsoon season, affected by El Niño, unexpectedly triggered landslides, floods, heavy rains, and inundations, disrupting daily life and the environment in Myanmar. The government’s meticulous disaster preparedness plans allowed the people of Myanmar to weather these challenges admirably. This year’s collaborative efforts between the government and the public in disaster risk reduction have resulted in numerous success stories.
A holistic approach encompassing prevention, rescue and relief, resettlement, rehabilitation, and reconstruction is paramount to help those affected by natural disasters rebuild their lives. Therefore, it is essential for all citizens in Myanmar to fully appreciate the government’s disaster prevention efforts and the invaluable contributions of volunteer organizations toward ensuring their survival.
Recognizing the commendable efforts of governments and volunteers in disaster risk reduction is crucial. While everybody cannot halt nature’s fury, preparedness and response can significantly reduce the toll on lives and property. Taking lessons from the disaster events in recent tragedies in Libya reminds all of the importance of proactive measures and cooperation in the face of natural disasters. By working together, everybody can enhance our resilience and protect the communities from the devastating impacts of such events.

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