Gambella hails efforts in building disaster resilient communities

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Addis Ababa, November 24 (WIC) – Gambella regional state hailed efforts of governmental and non-governmental organizations engaged in building disaster resilient communities in the region.

Speaking during the observance of International Day for Disaster Reduction this week, Uchan Garkot, representing the Gambella regional state, said regional efforts of building a more disaster resilient community should be strengthened.

Uchan said manmade and natural disasters had the effect of impeding the speed at which developmental activities are carried out in the region and hence called for the support of developmental partners towards building resilience.

Pol Tut, Director General of the region’s Disaster Prevention Agency, singled out flooding, drought and untimely rain as the main risk factors in Gambella. With a five million birr support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), efforts to build resilient communities in Lare and Gambella rural weredas are bearing fruit, he said.

The program, which sought to ensure food security to the community, included over 9,500 farmers, Pol said adding that the success gained will be taken to other weredas.

“We are not only able to feed ourselves but also take our surplus output to the market,” Tok Mejag, on of the farmers, said. He is among the 12 “model farmers” who were awarded on the occasion.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction started in 1989 with the approval by the United Nations General Assembly as a way to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness. It is celebrated on October 13th. This year it is being marked under the theme ‘Women and Girls The Invisible Force of Resilience’.

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