VGP – Tsunami and multi-disaster response drills for nearly 460 students and teachers and more than 250 households living along the coast of Tam Thanh commune in Tam Ky city, central Quang Nam province , took place on August 23.
The event was jointly organized by the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Reduction and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Viet Nam.
Addressing the event, Deputy Director General of the Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority, Nguyen Van Tien, expressed his hope that after the drills, local authorities and schools, in addition to being fully equipped with knowledge on how to deal with tsunamis, will also have practical experience to prepare for future disasters.
The project titled “Response to Tsunami–Multi Natural Disasters” in Viet Nam is part of the UNDP regional project “Partnership for Strengthening School Tsunami Preparedness in the Asia-Pacific Region”, which is funded by the Government of Japan and currently implemented in 16 Asia-Pacific countries, including Viet Nam.
The project contributes to the achievement of the goals of the United Nations Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction to reduce the lives lost, the number of people affected and the economic damage caused by natural and man-made hazards.
It also aims to achieve UNDP’s goal of helping vulnerable regions adapt to climate change by integrating disaster risk management measures into national strategies.