By Elias Hakizimana.
Officials from Rwanda Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs (MIDMAR) with members of the private sector are being trained on disaster risk reduction to mitigate the effects that still involve various damages of properties and lives.
The five-day training that started yesterday September 17, 2018 was organized by the United Nations for sustainable disaster risk reduction (UNISDR), One UN and other development partners.
The training will embark on underlying risks of disasters and will come up with sustainable solutions through good implementation of current sustainable development policies in regard with disaster risk reduction.
Dr Jeanne d’Arc De Bonheur, Minister for Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs said that the training will help in bridging the gaps caused by damages due to recent disasters that affected over 12,000 people from various districts of Rwanda.
“You have seen the strong disasters we met recently, this training will increase knowledge of government’s officials and researchers to be able to find solutions that will help to mitigate the effects of disasters,” De Bonheur said.
Most of the affected areas include parts of the Eastern Province, Southern Province, Northern and Western Provinces that use to have heavy rains. De Bonheur said MIDMAR will continue to partner with different entities to cater for every area in preventing and copying with the effects of disasters that affect it.
“After experiencing the disasters that affected the country in last months of this year, we partnered with One UN to compile a report on damages so that we can collecting supports to try bridge these gaps. You know that disasters occurred in different categories including infrastructures. The ministry of Infrastructure, the ministry of agriculture and animal resources and all districts participated in making the report on damages,” said De Bonheur.
She noted that they are currently making awareness of these disasters and tell citizens to be alert to prevent future damages.
“We tell citizens to strengthen their houses, build water canals and strengthen the roofs of their houses as well as making yard slopes and downspouts to keep rainwater from the houses in reducing the risks of huge rains,” she added.
Ted Maly, One UN Country Acting Representative said that they will continue supporting the government of Rwanda to reduce disasters including floods and droughts.
One UN has been working with MIDMAR in reducing hazards and natural disasters since 5 years ago.
Luca Rossi, Deputy Chief of African Regional Bureau in UNISDR said that the training of MDMAR and government officials is the first step in reducing disaster risks in SUB-Saharan Africa.
In terms of copying with disasters’ effects, he said that Rwanda has made a tremendous journey in seeking for sustainable solutions.
He noted that coordinating and supporting Rwanda in building the capacity of people to understand the disasters will be among the sustainable solutions in preventing their effects to the populations.
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