Public cooperation key to minimizing losses from disasters

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Inclement weather swept across parts of Sagaing Region from 14 to 16 April and Nay Pyi Taw Council Area on 17 April.
Strong winds associated with hailstones and isolated heavy rainfall hit around 10 townships in Sagaing Region and damaged about 500 houses.
This natural phenomenon usually occurs in the summer season, especially in March and April.
The public must remain alert to the possibility of thunderstorms, lightning, gale force winds, and hail. Such weather patterns can follow the movement of cumulus clouds in the pre-monsoon period from mid-April to mid-May.
Cumulus clouds form in the afternoons and evenings across the country in the pre-monsoon season, as day time temperatures increase.
Gale force winds also hit other regions during these days.
Thunderstorms are most common in April and May in Myanmar, and people are advised to take precautions on account of the risk posed by severe weather conditions.
The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement has also urged the public to contact its hotline numbers, 067-3404666 and 067-3404777, for help.
The impact of climate change, which the world is experiencing today, has surpassed the expectations of experts. The consequences of climate change can cause physical and mental damage.
The change in weather patterns in Myanmar could be the result of global warming.
Due to global warming, the evil effects of natural disasters related to climate change are threatening the safety of our planet. There has been an increased occurrence of natural disasters, with greater destructive impact. The consequences of climate change cannot be avoided, but the Union government has already demonstrated that disaster preparedness and rapid response can save lives and make a huge difference.
It is clear that we need to be ready to resist and respond to natural disasters. Since 1980, the country has seen an increase in the number of thunderstorms.
The Union Government has arranged to fight against natural disasters by forming disaster management committees at the region, state, district, and township levels.
The people, on their part, need to gain knowledge and awareness about natural disasters by deriving lessons from past experiences. Public participation can lead to successful implementation of the government’s disaster mitigation plans.
The government is committed to respond quickly to disasters to minimize losses.
Public cooperation is very important in all such efforts.

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