On the occasion of the International Day for Disaster Reduction, held every year on 13 October, the Revenue department of Tripura organized a procession so that people and communities through awareness can reduce their exposure to disasters.
International Day for Disaster Reduction encourages every individual, community, and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations.
Dr. Sarat Kumar Das, Project Officer of state Disaster Management said, “The UN General Assembly formally designated 13 October as the annual date for the International Day for Disaster Reduction in 1989 as a way to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. This is celebrated for not only awareness but also for sensitization and capacity building of all the stakeholders of different disaster-prone countries to cope up and handle disaster situation that includes disaster prevention, mitigation, and preparedness.”
He added that in Tripura the day is being celebrated for the last 10 years and in today’s rally, some 21 stakeholders took part.
A pledge on reducing the economic losses from disasters and to transform lives and contribute greatly to the eradication of poverty was readout followed by flag-off of the rally by the state Revenue Minister N C Debbarma.
Various stakeholders those took part in the procession includes students, Civil Defense, NDRF, Fire Service, Indian Red Cross Society, Nehru Yuba Kendra, ONGC, TNGCL, TSR, Health Department, Revenue Department etc.
The procession started from the Vivekananda stadium and passed through the street of the capital Agartala and concluded at the Umakanata mini-stadium.