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International Disaster Risk Reduction Day Celebration and week-long activities to mitigate the disasters impact in Rwanda.

Kigali, 12th October, 2018 - On the 8th time, Rwanda will, on 13th October, 2018, rally with the rest of the World to celebrate the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) themed internationally “Reducing Economic Losses from Disasters Has the Power to Transform Lives” and nationally “Mitigating disasters to reduce economic losses/ Dukumire Ibiza, tugabanye igihombo bidutera”.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) in Rwanda will be celebrated in all Districts.  The IDDR day aims at celebrating the way that people and communities around the world reduce their exposure to disasters and raise awareness about the risks that they face. This includes disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

Specifically in Rwanda, this day will be a curtain raiser for the Disaster Risk Reduction Week. The later will start with the celebration of the International Disaster Reduction Day on 13th October, 2018 till 19th October, 2018.

The Disaster Risk Reduction Week (DRR Week) aims at increasing the awareness of the people about the negative impact of disasters on social, economic, and environmental development. Further, this week will enhance the awareness and skills of people in mitigating hydro-meteorological hazards and encourage every individual and population to take part in building disaster resilient community.

In a press conference held on 12th October, 2018 launching the DRR Week, Hon. Minister DE BONHEUR Jeanne d’Arc reminded the population that Disaster Risk reduction requires everyone’s efforts.

“The disaster risk mitigation activities require more unified efforts. From individuals to the public and private institutions, NGOs and other partners should take part in execution of disaster mitigation mechanisms in place. Specifically, we invite the population to respect all disaster mitigation measures in place.” the Minister of MIDIMAR reminded.

The Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees will, during this week, hold different activities. It will partner with the population to tightly fix the roofs of houses. There will also be the recovery and digging new water canals. The Ministry will in partnership with media houses carry out awareness activities including talk shows, publishing news opinions on disasters and holding a press conference to deeply inform the media and the population on the role of DRR week.  

This week will highlight the role of each and every one in disaster Risk reduction, to mitigate the similar situations of disasters like what happened in the previous months of this year, 2018. From January to September 2018, there have been occurrences of disasters that negatively impacted the population and claimed their lives.

234 people have been killed by disasters of different types since January to October, 2018. 268 were injured. 15, 264 houses were affected. 9412 ha of different crops have been destroyed and 797 livestock dead among other destroyed things.  The assessment conducted in 15 most affected districts, showed that disaster damages costed more than 204 billion from January to June, 2018.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) started in 1989 with the approval of the United Nations General Assembly. The UN General Assembly sees the IDDR as a way to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

Originally celebrated on the second Wednesday of October (resolution 44/236, 22 December 1989), the UN General Assembly decided to designate October 13th as the date to celebrate the IDDR (resolution 64/200, 21 December 2009).      

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