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PM Calls for Strengthened Disaster Management Mechanism

Phnom Penh: On Cambodia’s second National Disaster Management Day, Prime Minister Hun Sen has called for a strengthened disaster management mechanism. He wants a focus on disaster risk reduction to prepare for responding to various hazards related to climate change. The kingdom’s National Disaster Management Day is now celebrated every year on the 13th of October, in line with the ASEAN Day for Disaster Management and the International Day for Disaster Reduction.

Cambodia’s National Disaster Management Day is focused on the theme “Increasing disaster risk preparedness for the safety and resilience of villages and communes”. This is aimed at building awareness and enhancing preparedness. Preparedness for facing adverse events. Prime Minister Hun Sen released a special message through his social media page on Wednesday.

He says it is still not appropriate to hold a public celebration of the day, due to Covid-19, but to rather conduct educational campaigns on disaster risk reduction. He says the Covid situation in the country has not yet improved, saying this is another kind of disaster in addition to fires, floods, droughts, and other climate change related incidents. With this, the Prime Minister has called on ministries and institutions at the national and sub-national level to strengthen their disaster management mechanisms. He has urged the private sector and civil society development partners to continue cooperating in mobilizing the necessary resources to ensure effective implementation of disaster risk reduction for resilience in response to climate change. He’s also called on everyone to continue practicing the health ministry’s “3 do’s and 3 don’ts” and get their booster shots, to fight the continued spread of Covid-19.

Lastly, the Prime Minister has encouraged everyone to uphold the culture of sharing based on the spirit of helping each other, strengthening the spirit of national unity, maintaining peace, political stability and economic stability to ensure the well-being of the people and the development of the nation.

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