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INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION

Eswatini Daily News
Speech by DPM Senator Themba Masuku
13 October 2021.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the occasion has a great significance for the Kingdom of Eswatini, which has over the last decade experienced sporadic events of disasters induced by hazards such as; drought, floods and cyclones.

He further mentioned that this led Government to embed a national disaster approach that which emphasize on a people centered approach. This has enabled Government to create culture of prevention, preparedness and resilience building across all development spheres in the country.

Furthermore, today’s commemoration is the Sendai Seven Campaign. ” To sustainability enhance international cooperation to developing countries through adequate and sustainable support to complement their national actions for meeting of present frame work by 2030.”

Government has created conducive environment for provision of Disaster Risk Management services in the country.

Likewise, the best practice by Government is to ensure that the Disaster Risk Management services are decentralized to Tinkhundla and Chiefdom levels. This delivery model has placed people ” exposed to disaster Risk” at the centre of disaster preparedness, and emergency response impact mitigation and recovery initiatives.

Furthermore, to speak on the International day for disaster reduction was NDMA CEO, Russell Dlamini who commented by saying “NDMA is commemorating disaster day globally. The magnitude of disasters is increasing and the frequency as well. Cost of managing has increased exponentially. Annually, 26 million people are pushed to poverty and 2.6 billion are insecure because of disasters. For the past two years, 300 thousand people were given food packages because of climate change.

The country is facing many challenges due to natural disasters. They decided to have 13 October to be celebrated internationally to show unity with other countries who experience such natural disasters. They came together to launch cyclone plan.
Theme : # together

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