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Lao minister praises regional disaster management efforts

Minister of Labour and Social Welfare of Lao PDR, Dr Khampheng Saysompheng has successfully attended the recent 33rd Meeting of the Asean Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM) in Malaysia.

Leaders of delegations from Asean countries joined by Malysia’s PM Mahathir (centre).

He also attended the 9th Meeting of the Governing Board of the Asean Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Centre). The meetings play an important role in implementing international and Asean strategies on preventing disasters, reducing their impacts, and providing humanitarian aid to victims of natural and manmade disasters.
Dr Khampheng said Asean country members will need to increase cooperation with those outside of Asean, as well as with international partners to quickly deal with emergencies caused by natural disasters.
“In 2018, Asean countries, we have been hit hard by natural disasters such as earthquakes in Indonesia and flooding in the Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand, and floods in Laos have caused the deaths of many people,” he said.   
The 33rd ACDM Meeting was opened by Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He said Asean’s strong commitment to reducing the impact of disasters should be reflected in its joint response to disaster emergencies apart from working towards becoming a world leader in disaster management.
The Asean Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) has proven to be the regional treaty that has been hailed as among the world’s best practice, progressive and comprehensive and legally binding for all the 10 Asean member states.
He said the risk of disasters should be taken seriously in view of the severity of its impact to lives and livelihoods as well as the development of the nations.
Almost half of the disasters in the world occurred in Asia, making this region the world’s most disaster-prone area.
According to the global data, he said, for the period of 2000 to 2017, the Asia Pacific region constituted 45 percent of global disasters, 60 percent of global disaster mortalities and 85 percent of global disaster-affected people.

By Phetphoxay  Sengpaseuth
(Latest Update
October 11,
2018)


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