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Nepal marks International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR) 2019

Nepal joined global communities to mark International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR) 2019 with awareness activities at national and local levels. The Day began in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Held every October 13, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. The 2019 edition continues as part of the "Sendai Seven" campaign, centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework. This year will focus on Target (d) of the Sendai Framework, reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services.

Nepal marked IDDRR under the leadership of Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and coordinated by DPNet-Nepal in association with different Government Agencies, CBOs, NGOs, INGOs and professional societies.

A rally on October 13 started from world heritage site of Patan that walked along city core areas and assembled at Jawalakhel. The main objective of the rally was to initiate the week-long program for IDDRR 2019 along with the dissemination of DRR messages to the public. Addressing the gathering, Ms. Indu Ghimire, Joint Secretary and Head of Disaster and Conflict Management Division of MoHA, highlighted the importance of the Day. She remarked, "people may feel awkward about why we are talking about the disaster in this pleasant weather, but if there is heavy torrential rain the scenario might be different, so we should be better prepared for future disasters."

Ms. Gita Satyal, Deputy Mayor of Lalitpur Metropolitan City, said that disasters are inevitable so methods to reduce the risk should be identified and implemented. Deputy Mayor Satyal stressed, "our initiative should not be limited to the rallies only but also on sharing the message and sensitizing the community about DRR."

Mr. Bhagirath Pandey, Chief District Officer (CDO) of Lalitpur stated that need is to focus to ensuring services without any disruption in infrastructures.

Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa, Chairperson of DPNet-Nepal, shared that Nepal’s efforts in DRR&M are better than past and local levels are also focused on mainstreaming DRR. Mr. Thapa added that the rally was just an initiation but DRR programs would run throughout the year.

On the occasion of IDDRR 2019, there are other activities going on in capital city and also in various parts of the country.

(News & Photo Source: DPNet-Nepal)

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