4 October 2019
The ASEAN Day for Disaster Management (ADDM) was celebrated in Nay Pyi Taw on Friday.
Vice President U Henry Van Thio attended the occasion and gave a speech.
The Vice President said that the climate change and bad weather condition are new common routine in the world. During this year, some countries suffer flood and drought simultaneously. In ASEAN region, the Philippines and Indonesia have suffered earthquake and tsunami while Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia faced flooding. He added that the recently encountered disasters in some ASEAN Countries including Myanmar showed that the region is the center of the natural disaster.
The Vice President stressed the needs to make cooperative efforts for disaster risk reduction and disaster resilience tasks.
Director-General, Department of Disaster Management, Dr. Ko Ko Naing said “Disaster management tasks cannot be done by an individual or an organization or department. In our country, we are making collaborative efforts with the concerned ministries, related organizations, social organizations, international organizations, and UN agencies, as well as the people and experts. And we also cooperate with the regional countries. We have to implement according to the policies and frameworks regionally and globally. Natural disaster is a challenge for the entire world. We all need to work together for solving this issue.”
The ceremony was held in conjunction with the opening ceremony of 7th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Disaster Management (AMMDM) and 8th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (COP to AADMER).
Director-General, Department of Disaster Management, Dr. Ko Ko Naing said “We can exchange experience on implementations for natural disasters. ASEAN has many partner organizations. We gain a lot of benefits for the country and disaster management tasks through these meetings.”
From January 2012 to September 2019, over 1400 cases of natural disaster have happened in ASEAN region. Among them, most disasters are flood which is more than 60% of all cases while 18% for strong wind, 13% for storm, and about 12% for landslide.
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