Public campaign for International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

Today, October 13th, is the International Day for Disaster Reduction. Disasters include not only naturally occurring ones, but also man-made ones. In the past, Myanmar has experienced many natural disasters such as cyclones, floods, earthquakes, ect. Now, we have been suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as from the humanitarian crisis due to the military coup. The number of internally displaced persons is increasing day by day.
Since the establishment of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management in last April, humanitarian assistance worth over 1.5 billion kyat has been supported. Of which, 95% was directed towards those who endured the junta’s atrocities and only 5% was used for the refuge from natural disasters. This 1.45 billion kyats would have been a significant investment in the establishment of a better disaster response system of Myanmar if there was not a military coup. This is just one of the examples of how the military coup had marred the disaster risk reduction in the country.
Moreover, the need for humanitarian assistance is growing in the States and Regions that have been under intense military offensives and suffering from the horrors of war. Our Ministry has been prioritising our support to such regions but the gaps remain. Only by ending the military dictatorship, will the suffering of the people disappear.
Therefore, as our involvement in the DRRDay campaign, we would like to express that our ministry has been exerting both mental and physical efforts to be able to support humanitarian assistance to refugees from the areas burning from the flames of the war.

Only together, can we save the planet!
Only together, can we win the democracy!