A major Asian initiative launched for disaster risk reductionListen /
A major initiative to help communities in Asia to prepare for and reduce the risk of natural disasters has been launched by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
The announcement was made in Geneva on Friday on the eve of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction which is being observed on Saturday, 13 October.
IOM spokesperson Jumbe Omari Jumbe says the agency is boosting its risk reduction work in Asia.
"We have received $17 million for this from the U.S.A. government and from Australia. The funds will be spent in Pakistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia and a host of island countries. We will assist the people to be better prepared for floods, earthquakes and tsunami by storing relief materials, designing rescue areas, capacity building and by raising awareness of disasters."
IOM says the past 10 years have been called "the decade of disasters" because of the number of disasters which killed hundreds of thousands of people.