GIS - 15 October, 2018: Volunteers of the region of Bel Ombre who were trained as part of the Community Disaster Response Programme (CDRP) received Community Disaster Response Team kits during a ceremony held on 13 October 2018 at Bel Ombre football ground. Organised by the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development, the ceremony coincided with the International Day for Disaster Reduction observed on the same day.
Present at the ceremony, the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr Etienne Sinatambou, recalled that the CDRP empowers volunteers through a training on basic techniques focusing on basic fire safety techniques, rope handling, first aid, water rescue activities, base camp management, teamwork and other basic techniques. The equipment and training that the volunteers of Bel Ombre and Rivière du Poste received will help them in evacuating the inhabitants at risk of their regions during the heavy rains, while awaiting the arrival of the emergency services, he pointed out.
Minister Sinatambou recalled that the CDRP was replicated in several vulnerable places such as Canal Dayot, Baie du Tombeau,
Fond du Sac, Grand Sables, Poste de Flacq, Friendship / Gokoola, Residence La Cure, Rodrigues Island and Agalega. The programme, he said, will be expanded to other regions in Mauritius and Rodrigues.
Speaking about the countries most vulnerable to disaster risks, Mr Sinatambou highlighted that Mauritius ranks 13th and 7th on the list of countries most exposed to natural risks according to the World Risk Report 2017. He emphasised that with climate change, many countries are being affected. He gave the example of Indonesia where around 2 300 people have been killed by the recent tsunami and the cyclone in Philippines which has caused around 622 million of dollars of damage.
Hence the need, he stated, to have evacuation plans and assembly points as well as conduct simulation exercises which can help to save lives and prevent infrastructural damage. He also pointed out that several mitigation and adaptation measures have been put in place to reduce and curb greenhouse gas emissions, and decrease vulnerability to the effects of climate change respectively.
Several activities have been organised in the context of International Day for Disaster Reduction to raise awareness about risk reduction and prepare the population for the next hurricane season. They include simulation exercises at Bel Ombre and Vacoas to strengthen preparedness of authorities and inhabitants, and awareness programmes through the media.
To commemorate this event, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme have also organised a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) training from 8 to 12 October 2018 in Mauritius. The training benefitted some 60 participants from various governmental and private organisations. The objective was to develop a comprehensive PDNA methodology to achieve effective disaster recovery strategies.
International Day for Disaster Reduction
The International Day for Disaster Reduction promotes a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction by celebrating how people around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters.
This year’s commemoration is focused on Target C of the Sendai Framework: Reducing disaster economic losses in relation to global Gross Domestic Product by 2030.This interactive event is the opportunity to discover and use various technological tools and services developed by UNESCO and its partners to support Member States in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
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