Use hi-tech to manage disasters: PM

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Dec 4, 2018-

Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said that the government is working towards enhancing preparedness for disaster risk reduction, learning from the destruction wrought by the earthquake of 2015.

Addressing the inaugural session of the 14th meeting of the Asia Pacific Regional Consultative Committee on Disaster Management in Kathmandu on Monday, Oli said works on post-earthquake relief and rehabilitation were still taking place more than three years after the deadly earthquake.

“The Government of Nepal is committed to implement the disaster risk management policy. Every disaster has something to teach about humanitarian preparedness to protect lives, homes and infrastructures. It teaches us how to cope with disasters in the future,” the prime minister said.

He also stressed on science and technology based approach when dealing with disasters, preparedness and management.

Home Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa shared that three Nepalis die daily in an average due to various disasters, which also breed poverty due to humanitarian, physical and environmental damage.

He emphasised on the need of efficient disaster perparedness and management plan to protect human lives and properties. Representatives of various bodies and partner organisations related to disaster management from 30 member and invitee countries are participating in the three-day meeting that will discuss sustainable development and disaster management issues.

Mohammad Idre, the president of Regional Consultative Committee, handed over the RCC chairmanship to Nepal in the meeting. The overarching theme of the 14th RCC meeting is “Policies and Practices for Coherence Between Global Frameworks.”

The meeting is expected to offer an opportunity to member countries to devise collective actions for coherence between Sen dai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SDRR), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other relevant frameworks at the national and local level.

Member countries will also discuss strategies for the implementation of global frameworks in line with the national policies and priorities. In a bid to save people’s lives and properties from climate change-related disasters and to protect development gains of national economies in the region, delegates will share best practices and lessons.

Before this, the RCC meetings were held in in Myanmar in 2014, in Bhutan in 2015 and in Pakistan in 2016.

Published: 04-12-2018 07:24

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