Here is how some of our members celebrated the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR).
In South Asia, The Sindh Community Foundation in Pakistan led a civil society rally under the slogan ‘Resilience is for Life’. The Sarista Foundation in India continues to educate people about how to protect themselves from disasters. For IDDR2014 they held a workshop with senior citizens.
In South East Asia, CBM International and their partner Association of Disabled People Iloilo (ADPI) in the Philippines established Ageing and Disability Focal Points (ADFPs) to make sure that people with disabilities and older people are included in mainstream relief and rehabilitation. They do this by operating as ‘specialised hubs’, identifying the services that exist, and the people with the needs. Types of support targeted include water, sanitation and hygiene, food, shelter, health, livelihood, education and assistive devices. Additionally, the ADFPs improve awareness of disability inclusion in the existing mainstream services.
In South America, the community of Peñaflor, Chile, organised a gathering in which our member ONG Inclusiva was one of the honoured guests. The major of the town ratified the commitment of Peñaflor with an Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction (iDRR) for all.
The celebrations spread also to Western Africa. GNDR Development Coordinator for this region, Adessou Kossivi also writes about an event held in Togo during IDDR2014 where government ministers gathered to talk about the threats of disasters on the whole community:
“The old people facing disasters, their needs, the contributions to the comprehension and the reduction of risks in communities”
During the celebration a special place has been given to old people who make a great speech about the role they are able to play when in disaster situation.
The Ministers one by one have shown the importance and the necessity to consider disaster in development efforts. It is said that Disasters become a serious threat to our development and if nothing is done, will take our nations already weak back. The Minister of the Environment has shown that Togo is a regular victim of disasters especially floods, droughts and coastal erosion. According to the Minister the concern of the government is shown by the construction of infrastructures. The Minister of Social affairs spoke about the double reason why old people should be celebrated. For her, Old people have experience to deal with or adapt to climate change while they are at the same time weak and vulnerable people that is why they deserve a special attention from everybody.
Globally, HelpAge International has collaborated with UNISDR to publish a survey on understanding older people's role in community DRR. There is still time for you to contribute to the HelpAge survey, as part of our IDDR 2014 activities, click on this link.
And in London, the GNDR Secretariat participated in the celebrations and contributed to share with you all that our members did on last October 13th. We look forward to celebrate the next IDDR with all of you.
My reflection on the "Synthesis Report of the Secretary General on the Post-2015 Development Agenda" (by Lucy Pearson, GNDR Advocacy Coordinator)
On the occasion of participating at the council meeting and Assembly of the Global Environment Facility "GEF" in the period of May 24th till June 1st 2014, a CSOs forum took place on May 27th that was attended by more than 200 representatives from all over the world to discuss the policy of public involvement in GEF6 projects, which has approved from all donor $4.3 billion to be allocated for the period 2014-2018 to improve the environment in five themes: Climate Change - Biodiversity - Land Degradation - International Waters - POPs".
The CSOs intervened in each session of the council meeting and each round table of the Assembly to share their views in all the discussed items.
The role of Woman and Youth as major partners from the communities was strengthened in all discussions as well as that of indigenous people.
After of long heavy rainfall on 06 Sept 2013 (21 Bhadra 2070 BS), nearly 28 household were affected by flood and landslide of Mulghat of Dhankuta, Nepal. Landslide triggered by incessant rainfall swept away houses in Mahabharat, Budhimorang and Bhedetar Village with more than 100 people displaced, security personnel mobilized in the affected site after of land slide. Likewise, many more houses in Ghante, Garjuwa and Kharanekhola area are at risk of falling into the landslide. The mudslide has also obstructed the Koshi highway, with more than 100 vehicles were stranded in between. Continuous rainfall and the large coverage of the landslide have affected rescue and relief work.
After of long mudslide and landslide nearly 28 household were affected & more then 100 persons were displaced. LDMC Mahabharat had decided to relief package to those affected people who are really in risk. LDMC priorities in high to low risk hierarchy of affected household and recommended to all stakeholders of Dhankuta including HUSADEC Nepal.
After first day, I think that the GNDR might be in danger of slipping into the weary state of resignation to the 'art of the possible' expressed by the direction of UNISDR -- 'the HFA has "just begun", so let's not change to a new framework' (my paraphrase). OK, national governments have become used to the HFA and might find it inconvenient to change. But a definition of madness is to continue to do the same thing, continue to get bad results and just carry on! The HFA fails to address root causes (underlying risk factors) such as corruption and and grabbing. Are these 'underlying risk factors' really 'there' in HFA's Priority Area 4, as the UNISDR director asserts, only waiting to be 'pulled out'? Are there really alien spaceships in Area 51. Nonsense and more nonsense!
Let's not by cynical and weary. Civil society must articulate goals. So why not scrap the HFA and replace it with a binding treaty on the HUMAN RIGHT TO PROTECTION FROM AVOIDABLE HARD FROM NATURAL HAZARDS?
With the support from Islamic Relief USA Islamic Relief, Bangladesh has initiated new project at Khulna and Satkhira (the most vulnerable districts to natural disaster among others). The title of the project is "Enhanching Resilience of climate affected communities in the South-Western Bangladehs".
This project will be implemented over a period of two years. It will contribute to improve the quality of life, reduction in poverty and inequality through building community resilience to natural disasters which will ultimately reduce loss and increase human productivitiy. This will be achieved through increased capacity of communities in the face of disaster and community risk in the South-Western region of Bangladesh. The project activities will directly contribute in reducing the risks of hazards in the region through advocating for a sustainable solution of the root-causes of disasters.
The project will target local communities as well as institutions as target beneficiaries. The proposed intervention has targeted woemn, children, PWDs and the elderly and will ensure the inclusion of these socially excluded groups and their mainstreaming throughout disaster planning and management. At the national level, two Government Ministries will be targeted under the proposed intervention; namely Ministries of Environment and Ministry of Disaster and Relief. Target institutions at the local level include school, CBOs and local level governance structures such as the Union Parishad, Upazila Parishad, DMCs and SMCs.
The project will focus providing improved shelters, livelihoods, infrastructures and the institutional strengthening for disaster risk reduction. Their organizatinal capacity, networks for advocacy and local early warning system will be also supported. Community mobilization will be undertaken for structural mitigation at community level to make the DRR a culture.
Nine people, including four family members, were injured when a gas cylinder exploded in a city estate at the weekend.
Four houses were extensively damaged by the blast in Jericho Estate. Two others were slightly damaged.
The owner of the cylinder, Mr Fredrick Mwangi, said he had just arrived home after visiting his daughter studying at Kabaa Girls High School when the incident occurred on Saturday at 6.30pm.
Receiving first aid
“I switched on the sitting room light and the next thing I heard was a huge explosion, which threw me out with the children,” said Mr Mwangi after receiving first aid at Jericho Health Centre.
He said the cylinder could have leaked, causing the explosion that left burns on his legs.
Neighbours initially thought it was grenade explosion. However, police officers told them that it was a gas cylinder that had exploded.
By Judie Kaberia
NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 1 – A blaze at Kimathi House in the centre of Nairobi destroyed at least two floors on Sunday night, as firefighters arrived ill-equipped to fight the blaze.The fire started shortly before 8pm and by 8.30pm, there was little effort made to contain it since fire engines that rushed to the scene, were not properly equipped to reach the 6th and 7th floors which were damaged in the inferno.“When the Nairobi fire fighters came, their hoses could not reach high up the building,” said Kenya Red Cross Nairobi Branch Chairman Kweya Obedi.Obedi who owns a business on the 1st floor of the building said half an hour after the blaze started, electricity supply had not been cut off, frustrating firefighters’ efforts.
“The Kenya Power came too late to put off the electricity. That is another cause why the fire spread so fast and the damage was bigger,” he said.“So far 5th, 6th, and 7th floors have been affected but that will be confirmed after the assessment is done,” he added.Rogers Egesa whose office is on the 6th floor was also at the scene moments after the fire broke out.“I can see 6th floor is really burning. We do investment advisory. I got a phone call from someone who was passing here. First I thought it was a joke, and then I got a second call… that’s when I rushed here at around 7.40pm,” he recounted to Capital FM News.The owner of the building who identified himself only as Mutuma was among people who rushed to the scene but refused to talk to journalists.It took concerted efforts of G4S, KK Security Guards and the National Youth Service to put out the fire that was finally contained shortly before 10pm.
Members of the public at the scene took issue with the City Council of Nairobi due to the slow response by their firefighters.“This city council is just useless. They came here late, there were not effective, their water was not reaching even the 3rd floor, if it were not for the private firms, this building would have completely burnt down,” eye witnesses charged.Nairobi central divisional police chief Eric Mugambi said there were no casualties.“The cause of fire has not been established and so far there are no casualties", he said.
By K.N.A, Fri, Mar 16, 2012
Raging fire burned several parts of Mt. Kenya National Park destroying thousands of acres of grassland.-The fire consumed Upper Burguret and some parts of Gathiuru forest, Narumoro river valley and along Nairobi riverine South Moorland at Sirmon area which is estimated 10,000 feet above the sea level.
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