Friday, August 26, 2011

Food crisis looms large in Arunachal

Food crisis looms large in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Aug 23: Food crisis hit remote Kurung Kumey district in Arunachal Pradesh with many places remaining cut off since July 19 following massive landslides triggered by incessant rainfall. Parsi Parlo Zilla Parishad Member (ZPM) Sangha Tagik, who toured many disconnected areas of the district, said in a statement “there is acute shortage of essential commodities with the people deprived of any supply from outside and all schools have been closed for want of ration rice”. The State Government has allocated very little air tonnage, limiting it to almost two ration sorties, which, Tagik said was completely insufficient to meet the requirements of the local populace. The 39-km Koloriang-Parsi Parlo road, built with NABARD funding, was completely washed away and blocked at least at 45 places by heavy landslips in the first week of August, while numerous culverts and wire-road suspension bridges have been completely washed away, including at Mengio, Patuk, Lebia, Kemiya, Piglo and Tamin, Tagik said.

Describing the situation as ‘grave’ and people’s sufferings as ‘immeasurable’, Food and Civil Supplies Parliamentary Secretary Lokam Tassar, who hails from the district, today urged the State Government to sanction immediate funds for undertaking relief and rehabilitation. (PTI)

Gogoi anounces Rs. 100-crore package for flood-hit Dhemaji

Gogoi anounces Rs. 100-crore package for flood-hit Dhemaji


Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Tuesday announced a Rs. 100-crore package for the flood-hit Dhemaji district. The announcement came during a tour of the district by Mr. Gogoi for a first-hand assessment of the devastation by flood in the backward district. He announced this while talking to the flood-affected people of the district, at Silapathar and Sisiborgaon.

The Chief Minister also announced the ex-gratia of Rs. one lakh to the kin of each of those killed in the flood. He said Rs. 25,000 would be given to the families whose concrete houses have been damaged by flood waters, and Rs. 10,000 to the families whose kutcha houses have been damaged. Besides, the State government would also provide financial assistance to compensate for the loss of livestock and special assistance to students affected by flood.

Later, in a meeting with high officials of the district administration, North East Frontier Railways, Border Roads Organisation, Mr. Gogoi directed the concerned departments to initiate measures to reverse the course of River Gai which caused the devastation, and to restore communication network in the district. He also instructed the district administration to continue providing relief materials to the affected people.

The Northeast Frontier Railway, with support from the Railway Board, has dispatched relief materials to the flood-affected people of Dhemaji and North Lakshimpur district on Tuesday by road to elevate their sufferings.

The materials sent include about 1,700 dhotis, 1,600 sarees, 1,000 children's clothes, and 1,100 polythene sheets for protection from rain.

The materials are being handed over to the district authorities for further disbursement, stated an official release issued by chief public relations officer, N.F. Railway, S. Hajong.


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Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

UN-SPIDER: Space-based information for Crowdsource Mapping

UN-SPIDER: Space-based information for Crowdsource Mapping

 UN-SPIDER: Space-based information for Crowdsource Mapping

A UN initiative to boost emergency response by crowdsourced mapping and space technology

How to ensure that space-based information for crowdsource mapping benefits the emergency response community and disaster risk reduction?

This is the key question that specialists around the world will attempt to answer during the Expert Meeting being held in Geneva, this November, which is being held to coincide with the International Conference on Crisis Mapping.

The Expert Meeting is a fundamental part of the programme that is being organized by the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (SPIDER). The SPIDER program was established by the United Nations General Assembly with the mandate of ensuring that all countries, international and regional organizations, have access to space-based information, and to ensure they develop the capacity to use all types of space-based information to support the full, disaster management cycle. This includes the need to ensure that space-based information supports the crowdsource mapping efforts for the benefit of the disaster community.

The meeting will focus on exploring the different ways that the space technology community can collect, organize and provide greater access to its information and how it can better coordinate the communities through which it crowdsources information.

Some of the issues the experts are talking about:

1. Disasters are increasing

First of all, making the issue particularly important is the indisputable fact that the number of disasters is on the increase and that the impact of disasters is becoming increasingly more severe on a global level, requiring hightened efforts by multilateral organizations to better manage their consequences.

The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, said recently that climate change is a real threat to international peace and security. He urged developed countries to lead the global effort to find ways to both mitigate and adapt to the detrimental effects of disasters but also said that emerging economies must shoulder their fair share of the responsibility and take necessary actions.

“Extreme weather events continue to grow more frequent and intense in both rich and poor countries alike, not only devastating lives, but also infrastructure, institutions, and budgets – an unholy brew which can create dangerous security vacuums,” said Mr. Ban.

Achim Steiner, the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme added that humanity was at a point in its history where it has the capacity to fundamentally alter, within one or two generations, the conditions on which societies have evolved over millennia.

“It is the speed of environmental change, including climate change, that will be increasingly at the heart of our collective concern and response,” said Mr. Steiner. “There can be little doubt today that climate change has potentially far-reaching implications for global stability and security in economic, social and environmental terms which will increasingly transcend the capacity of individual nation States to manage,” he added.

Mr. Steiner also said that the international community’s ability to manage the consequences of climate change will depend on a “proactive strategy of evolved and perhaps new international platforms, mechanisms and institutional responses” which anticipate security concerns and facilitate cooperation.

2. Crowdsource communities are working hard

Secondly, it is important to understand that an essential part of working to provide support to disaster preparedness and emergency response efforts is carried out by thousands of people around the world linked to NGOs, government or multilateral agencies and, in many cases these communities of contributors are volunteers.

In recent years, advancements in technologies have made it possible for platforms such as OpenStreetMap, Ushahidi, Sahana, CrisisMappers, Virtual Disaster Viewer, Google MapMaker and INSTEDD to operate by being directly linked to communities around the world.


OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. It is made by ordinary people and allows to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.


Ushahidi is a non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.


The Sahana Software Foundation is dedicated to the mission of saving lives by providing information management solutions that enable organizations and communities to better prepare for and respond to disasters.


The International Network of Crisis Mappers is the largest and most active international community of experts, practitioners, policymakers, technologists, researchers, journalists, scholars, hackers and skilled volunteers engaged at the intersection between humanitarian crises, technology and crisis mapping.

Virtual Disaster Viewer

Virtual Disaster Viewer is a kind of “social networking tool” for earthquake impact assessment, developed by an international consortium, including The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

Google MapMaker

Google Map Maker allows any person to add and update geographic information for millions of users to see in Google Maps and Google Earth. By sharing information about the places each person know, like businesses in town or places on school campus, it can ensure the map accurately reflects the world.


Innovative Support to Emergencies Diseases and Disasters designs and uses open source technology tools to help partners enhance collaboration and improve information flow to better deliver critical services to vulnerable populations.

Important cornerstones of this virtual effort are the possibility to access and take advantage of post-disaster satellite imagery as well as the use of other space-based technologies such as telecommunications satellites and global navigation satellite systems.

3. The gateway to space-based information is opening

Thirdly, taking note of the need to connect these pioneering communities with the space industry as well as the disaster management community, the UN-SPIDER Programme is carrying out a one-year project Space-based information for Crowdsource Mapping aiming at identifying specific actions that could ensure a closer cooperation among the three communities.

The UN-SPIDER programme is focusing on being a gateway to space information for disaster management support, by serving as a bridge to connect the disaster management and space communities and by being a facilitator of capacity-building and institutional strengthening.

See the UN-SPIDER promotional video:

UN-SPIDER is being implemented as an open network of providers of space-based solutions to support disaster management activities.

Working together to mitigate effects of disasters

This is work-in-progress, a huge effort to gather critical information that can be used to save lives. During the Expert Meeting in Geneva, around 70 leading experts representing crowdsource communities, space and remote sensing agencies, disaster management communities, NGOs, private companies, and regional and international organizations will meet to find the answers to the questions being raised.

If you are an expert currently working in any of the relevant areas (disasters, crowdsource mapping, space-based information) you can still apply to attend this meeting through the cut-off date of 30 September. Alternatively, if your organisation would like to cooperate in the Space-based information for Crowdsource Mapping Project you can contact Teresa Kokaislova.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Thousands displaced in Assam flash floods

Thousands displaced in Assam flash floods

Guwahati: At least seven people were swept away and thousands displaced by flash floods in Assam Monday, officials said, adding that army soldiers and Indian Air Force helicopters were being deployed to rescue trapped villagers, officials said.

A government spokesperson said heavy rains triggered massive flooding in the eastern Dhemaji district, about 500 km from Assam’s main city of Guwahati.

“According to preliminary reports, about 40 villages have been hit by floods with an estimated 25,000 people displaced. There are reports of at least seven people swept away by sudden burst of flooding,” Dhemaji District Magistrate M.S. Manivannan told journalists.

Television images beamed over local satellite channels showed a family of four – father, mother, and two sons – atop a tree trying to escape the surging floodwaters in village Tokobari of Dhemaji district and the tree collapsing and being washed away in front of the camera.

The four people were swept away by the swirling waters and locals managed to rescue the father and mother, but the two teenaged sons disappeared, literally swallowed by the raging flood waters.

Officials said a big stretch of a railway track and the National Highway was swept away by the floodwaters, snapping road and rail links between Dhemaji and the rest of Assam. (IANS)

Rain toll climbs to 29 in Bengal

Rain toll climbs to 29 in Bengal

RAIN HAVOC: Villagers anxiously watching the erosion caused by the Damodar river in Burdwan district of West Bengal on Wednesday. – PHOTO: PTI
RAIN HAVOC: Villagers anxiously watching the erosion caused by the Damodar river in Burdwan district of West Bengal on Wednesday. – PHOTO: PTI

With two more deaths, the toll in rain-related mishaps across West Bengal rose to 29 on Wednesday even as some major rivers continued to flow above the danger mark. Altogether 26 lakh people in 14 districts have been affected by the heavy rain pounding the State for a week now and still continuing sporadically.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced after a Cabinet meeting that her government would give compensation to people who had lost their shelter in this calamity.

“While Rs.10,000 will be given for each house damaged totally, Rs.2,000 will be given for rebuilding partially damaged houses,” she said. Well over 166,200 houses have been damaged so far.

State Water Resources Minister Manas Bhunia alleged on Wednesday that lack of maintenance during the long years of Left Front rule had weakened the embankments and breaches were appearing regularly. He said his departmental engineers are monitoring the situation on an hourly basis.

Pointing that Ms. Banerjee had constituted a State Flood Commission to find out ways to control the devastation caused by floods, he said a meeting of the Commission had already been held where several ideas were discussed to limit the impact of the floods. Dr. Bhunia is the chairperson of the Commission.

District administrations have been asked to keep relief and rescue teams ready in case of breaches, Irrigation Secretary A. Chatterjee said, adding that District Magistrates have also been asked to move people from low-lying areas

He said discharge of water from different barrages was reducing gradually. The Damodar Valley Corporation had discharged 85,000 cusecs of water, the Durgapur barrage 90,000 cusecs and the Kangsabati barrage 15,000 cusecs.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Climate Conversations - Preparing for drought can pay off as climate impacts take hold

Climate Conversations - Preparing for drought can pay off as climate impacts take hold

By Esther Williams | Yesterday at 4:44 PM | Comments ( 0 )

Internally displaced Somali women and their children camp outside their makeshift shelter in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on August 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta

Internally displaced Somali women and their children camp outside their makeshift shelter in the Somali capital of Mogadishu on August 6, 2011. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta

By Esther Williams

A humanitarian emergency continues to persist across the Horn of Africa. Farmlands are brown and months of blazing sunshine have dried up lakes, rivers and pasture as the worst drought in 60 years weighs on parts of the region.

More than 12 million people are affected by severe food shortages and aid agencies like Tearfund are responding with life-saving assistance. Over 40,000 people across the region are receiving clean water, non-food items, and veterinary support for their animals as part of the aid agency’s efforts.

In the midst of a food crisis, meeting people’s immediate needs is crucial. However, as questions are asked as to why this part of world is regularly hit by food shortages, it is vital to highlight that the situation in East Africa had been forecast months before the region began to receive high profile media attention and before donors sat up and paid attention.

The reality is that governments are wedded to emergency response and remain painfully slow to invest in disaster risk reduction strategies. We know which parts of the world are most disaster-prone and that lives can be saved through preventative measures.


We know that climate change is a game-changer and, unless rapid action is taken to curb it, the odds are these life-threatening weather events will only increase. So it’s shameful that we continue to stick plasters on gaping wounds.

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Survey of environmental history

The human-environment interaction goes back to the remotest possible times in the history of humanity. Sometimes, it is seen as a manifestation of a struggle between the two. There have also been times when this relationship took the form of respectable coexistence. While the history of humanity of the last several millennia is noted for its constant (if not consistent) progress in different walks of life, the mysteries of nature have often proved to be quite tempting to be solved by human thinking and actions.

It is, therefore, not without reason that theOxford English Dictionary gives the meaning of ‘environment' as “the totality of the physical conditions in which a human society lives,” and of ‘ecology' as “the branch of knowledge that deals with the interaction of humans with their environment.” In the emerging field of historical disaster studies looking into the adaptability and agency of pre-industrial societies on a global scale, the special issue of The Medieval History Journal (Vol. 10, 2007) titled ‘Coping with Natural Disasters in Pre-Industrial Societies' brought to the fore the ideas that “neither disasters themselves nor the conditions that give rise to them are undeniably natural”; that “‘natural disaster' is a convenience term that amounts to a misnomer”; and that “disasters occur at the intersection of nature and culture and illustrate, often dramatically, the mutuality of each in the constitution of the other.”

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Climate change 'to increase malaria' in Indian Himalayas

Climate change 'to increase malaria' in Indian Himalayas

T. V. Padma

11 August 2011 | EN

A mosquito resting on a leaf

Climate change may affect mosquitoes' range and behaviour


[NEW DELHI] Climate change is likely to spreadmalaria to new areas in the Indian Himalayas, and lengthen the periods in which the infection is spread in a number of districts, according to projections from malaria researchers in India.

But the country's east coast could see fewer malaria cases by 2030, because of rising temperatures which affect mosquitoes' activity, they said.

The projections by the National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR), Delhi, published in a special issue of Current Science on climate change yesterday (10 August), indicate that malaria could spread to districts in three states it is currently absent from — Uttarakhand, Arunachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir — during the next 20 years.

In the eastern Himalayas, in north-eastern India, the window of malaria transmission would increase from 7–9 to 10–12 months in length. The region is humid and wet, with mild winters, which makes it "highly conducive for mosquito breeding, survival and transmission" of vector-borne diseases.

But India's east coast would have reduced transmission, because of an increase in temperature, and the western regions would see a minimal impact, the analysis showed.

The study is one of several by the Indian Network of Climate Change Assessment programme at the Ministry of Environment and Forests. It used the regional climate modelling system developed by the Hadley Centre, United Kingdom, to analyse temperature and relative humidity scenarios across India, and mapped districts to show 'transmission windows' during which infection is spread.

The researchers said higher temperatures increased the rate at which malaria-carrying mosquitoes digested their blood meal and laid eggs.

But, the report cautions, this climate assessment needs to be integrated with socio-economic factors, as transmission is also driven by crop practices,water availability, urbanisation, and interventions such as bednets and insecticide sprays.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Bihar Flood Situation Report :9 August 2011

Flood Situation Report : 8

Dated: 9 August 2011, 18:00 hrs
Reviewed by: Mr. Sanjay Pandey
Prepared by: Mr. Jeevan Kumar
Current Situation:
Continual rainfall in Nepal’s catchment area and resultant rise in the water level of the Kosi and Gandak Rivers has raised the water level above red mark and is threatening the embankments in various areas of Kosi and Champaran region of Bihar.
Situation Report on KOSI RIVER
The Chief Minister, Bihar had planned to visit Birpur on Indo –Nepal Border to access the situation on the 20 K.M vulnerable stretch of Embankment on the Indian Side.The visit has been postponed to 13 August due to bad weather conditions. Notably, this was the portion of the embankment, which had come under tremendous pressure of water and the structure could anyhow been saved from being breached. As a precautionary measure, the WRD had planned to dig a pilot channel in the downstream
of the river in Saptari district(Nepal) of the Himalayan territory to re-establish the central flow of water. But the scheme could not be executed in the face of the stiff resistance by the local Nepalese authorities.
According to the Water Resources Minister, Govt. of Bihar --“To a large extent, we have succeeded in easing the pressure on the embankment by skillfully maneuvering the gates of the Birpur barrage, But then it is Kosi, which can hardly be predicted, the discharge in the river on Monday was 1.47 lakh cusecs. Which is relatively higher in comparison to the discharge last year” Situation at Raja Baas(Nepal) at 26 to 26.40 KMs in Nepal region is normal and river is flowing 15 meters away
from the embankment.
Situation Report on GANDAK RIVER
Meanwhile, the Gandak, which the chief minister visited on Saturday, is in spate. The gushing water of the river extensively damaged the newly built cut end nose of the PD ring bund at Koerpatti in east Champaran. According to Media reports-- WRD officials said that small embankment at Patraha was also damaged but has been restored.

A YEAR AFTER Leh struggles to get back on its feet

A YEAR AFTER Leh struggles to get back on its feet

Dipti Jain TNN

Leh: Rigzin Angmo, a middle-aged nurse at a government hospital, is all smiles as she shows you her new house that was built this June. She got a compensation of Rs 2.3 lakh from the government after her house was washed away in the floods, exactly a year ago, and she chipped in with another Rs 2 lakh to rebuild her house. “We had no place to go to as the houses provided by the NGOs were too cold. We used to sleep here on wet mud. Now it is much better,” she says.
Rigzin is among the few people in Choglamsar, a small village, who could afford to rebuild her house washed away by the cloudburst last year. Choglamsar was the worst-affected village in the Leh floods on August 6, 2010. The cloudburst had left 257 dead, 57 people
missing, 424 disabled, 664 houses destroyed and 783 homes partially damaged. A year after the incident, the village is full of small boxlike pre-fabricated houses built by several NGOs, with a few brick houses.
With winter just a few months away residents are trying to collect funds to
avoid sleeping in the cold again. “We have to build a house for ourselves before winter sets in but we have no money,” says a troubled Murup Dolma, a housewife.
Even the likes of Rigzin have had to settle for a smaller house. “I had enough space for 10 guests in my old house. Today there is space only for the three of us. But I am glad at least I have that. The government and the NGOs have helped us a lot,” she says. Several NGOs and
organizations still continue to work with the government to complete the rehabilitation process and fill the loopholes. The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) helped provide shelter to the people in Saboo village. The industry chamber handed over 13 houses to the victims of the cloudburst in Leh, on Thursday. The Rural Development and You (RDY), a local NGO in Ladakh, worked in collaboration with Oxfam India to provide over a thousand shelter kits and water sanitation kits in several villages. The NGO is currently working with Society for Energy, Environment and Development (SEED) to establish three other houses in Sakti and Egoo villages.
The Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) too has been work
ing with smaller NGOs to help remove the debris from the agricultural lands and irrigation canals. “Our main focus is on livelihood, as loss of land has caused many to live from hand to mouth,” said Sonam Jorgyes, Project Director LAHDC.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Amphibious houses float out of trouble in Bangladesh

Amphibious houses float out of trouble in Bangladesh

Ben Good

27 July 2011 | EN

LIFT house in Bangladesh

LIFT houses are made with light materials, like bamboo and plastic bottles

LIFT project

Houses that rise on floats could provide safer homes in areas prone to floods and tsunamis, according to a Bangladesh-born US architect.

Two such 'amphibious' house designs are being tested in Bangladesh, where proximity to the Ganges delta means that flooding is a frequent problem. When flash floods last occurred, in 2010, more than 10,000 people were made homeless.

"Flooding there doesn't allow people to maintain a safe lifestyle," said Prithula Prosun,a Bangladeshi-born lead architect of the Low Income Flood-proof Technology (LIFT) house project and a graduate architecture student at the University of Waterloo, Canada. "I wanted to give something back," she said, adding that her inspiration came from similar amphibious projects in New Orleans, United States.

The LIFT designs work by preventing lateral movement but allowing the house to move up and down on stilts. When floods occur, the house simply rises above the water. Both the house and the foundations need to be light and buoyant, and two foundation materials are being tested.

One is ferrocement, a lightweight local material made with cement, sand,water and wire or mesh — the other is made of plastic water bottles thrown away by local hotels.

"It takes 8,000 bottles for the foundations of a two storey home for one family," said Prosun. "The plastic will last longer than the rest of the building, so it is an extremely durable material for the buoyant foundation."

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Rising rivers flood more Terai villages

Rising rivers flood more Terai villages

LUCKNOW: More areas in Terai region along theUP-Nepal border and central UP were flooded aswater level of rivers flowing via Nepal continued to rise on Tuesday. The situation in Barabanki and Gonda worsened with water from the Ghaghra river, which breached an embankment at Elgin on Monday, entering more villages forcing people to shift to safer places.

Though the officials of the districts affected by the floods have launched a relief operation, they feared that incessant rains along the Himalayan foothills may aggravate the situation further. Meanwhile, the state government has ordered suspension of a chief engineer and four other engineers on charges of neglecting maintenance of the embankment at Charsari, which was constructed a few years back. Repair of Charsari embankment on Gonda-Barabanki border was underway. At least 30,000 people in parts of Barabanki, Gonda, Sitapur, Lakhimpur Kheri, Balrampur and Siddharth Nagar districts have been affected by the floods. More than 2,000 hectares of agricultural land has also been inundated, destroying paddy and cane crops.

The PAC has been deployed and districts magistrates are personally supervising the relief operations.

Officials said that no loss of life has been reported so far. "We have taken all possible relief measures including shelter and food for those displaced," said an official spokesman of Barabanki district administration. Gonda district magistrate, Ram Bahadur said the water level of the river is rising because of release of water from the dams in Nepal. "We have made all arrangements to tackle the situation. However, the next three days will be crucial as there are reports of more rains in Nepal," he said.

Water level of the Ghaghra was rising in Bahraich and Ayodhya as well. The Rapti was rising dangerously in Bahraich, Shravasti, Balrampur, Siddharth Nagar and Gorakhpur while the Sharda was in spate in Lakhimpur Kheri.

The Betwa was flowing above normal level in Jalaun and Hamirpur. The Ganga was in spate in Fatehgarh, Kanpur, Kannauj, Rae Bareli, Ballia and Allahabad. The water level of Yamuna was increasing along its route from Mathura, Agra, Etawah to Auraiya, Harmirpur, Banda and Allahabad. The Gomti river was rising in Sitapur, Sultanpur and Jaunpur.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

UNISDRs parliamentarian initiative helping to move DRR

UNISDR’s parliamentarian initiative helping to move disaster risk reduction forward from political commitment to concrete action

Members of Parliament around the world are key drivers of change in moving the disaster risk reduction agenda forward from political commitments to concrete action. Realizing the human and economic imperative to shift from a disaster response culture to one of prevention and risk reduction, parliamentarians from Africa, Asia, and Latin America are stepping up to the challenge.

A push came this week from Senator Loren Legarda hosting the national launch of the 2011 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR11) at the Philippine Senate on July 26. Senator Legarda is UNISDR’s Regional Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation for Asia and the Pacific and Chair of the Philippine Senate Committee on Climate Change.

"The reported eighteen-fold increase in our economic losses due to disasters since 1970 is alarming. How can we move on as a nation towards growth and progress if hard-earned socio-economic gains are often set back by the impact of recurring natural hazards?" said Senator Legarda at the GAR11 launch, which followed the President’s State of the Nation Address.

In Africa, Members of Parliaments from Uganda are in the process of setting up an official disaster risk reduction Committee of Parliamentarians that has been approved and budgeted by the government. Parliamentarians in Latin America have been crucial in supporting the UNISDR-led World Disaster Reduction Campaign, ‘Making Cities Resilient – My City is Getting Ready’ at the Iberoamerican Union of Municipalities, which will provide training to mayors from the twenty-two countries in the region, Spain and Portugal that make up the Union. In Asia, Bangladesh is improving access to DRR information by translating UNISDR’s advocacy kit “Disaster risk reduction: an instrument for achieving the Millennium Development Goals” for use in the country’s national languages.

One of the recent key drivers of parliamentarian contribution to disaster risk reduction is the Manila Call for Action. Directed at national governments and adopted unanimously in November 2010 by parliamentarians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Philippines, and Thailand, the Manila Call for Action is for parliamentarians to apply disaster risk as an instrument for achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

“We need to elevate national and global aspirations in addressing disaster risk from mere ‘reduction’ towards ‘elimination’, and to promote disaster prevention with 'zero tolerance' to disaster losses as a mindset and approach for international, national, and local development action,” says the Manila Call for Action.

In the Call, the parliamentarians also agreed to enhance their knowledge and capacity in disaster risk reduction through closer collaboration with UNISDR, the strategic arm of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for coordinating disaster risk reduction activities globally.
29 Jul 2011

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