“To become a disaster resilient country.”
This is the goal of the Myanmar government, as relayed by Vice President Dr. Sai Mauk Kham on the International Day for Disaster Reduction.
In his speech, Kham highlighted the progress the country has made in terms of disaster preparedness since Cyclone Nargis, saying the government — in collaboration with the regional government, U.N. agencies, and international and local NGOs — was better prepared in mitigating the damages brought on by Cyclone Giri in 2010. He also mentioned the government’s rapid search and rescue, relief, recovery, and reconstruction work in the aftermath of the earthquake that hit Eastern Shan State in March 2011.
“Myanmar is cooperating with global and regional partners in disaster risk reduction to become a disaster resilient country,” Kham said.
This progress that Kham claimed was supported by U.N. International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Chief Margareta Wahlström during her visit to the country.
“It was a very useful visit and it is clear from our meetings with senior government officials that the lessons from Cyclone Nargis two years ago have been learned and a considerable effort is being made to put those lessons into practice,” Wahlström said.
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