Nearly 1000 pupils in Thua Thien Hue province participated in Tsunamis and disaster preparedness drillsSep 22, 2017
Thua Thien Hue province, 22 September 2017 - Nearly 1000 pupils of Phu Mau Primary and Secondary Schools, Phu Vang District, Thua Thien Hue Province took part in Tsunamis and disaster preparedness drills. The drills are among the practical activities of the comprehensive campaign to raise awareness of tsunamis and disaster preparedness in schools that was launched on 20 September by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority, the Ministry of Agriculture, with the support of the Government of Japan.
Attending the drills were leaders from the Provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Provincial Steering Committee for Disaster Preparedness, Provincial Department of Education and Training, district leaders, teachers and pupils.
Speaking at the drills, Mr. Dang Phuoc My, Deputy Director of Thua Thien Hue Department of Education and Training, said, "This is an interesting and very practical activity. The campaign and its drills are very useful for not only students but also for the whole society”. He also asked all the pupils and teachers fully support the campaign and "become active, enthusiastic members of the campaign, so that the campaign is not just a movement in a short time. It will be a regular activity that is maintained, more and more developed and replicated in other schools.”
Although not frequent, Viet Nam has experienced 6.7 to 6.8 magnitude earthquakes in the past.
Scientists from the Institute of Geophysics have predicted that any earthquake of 8.6 magnitude in the East Sea could trigger 7-10 metres high tsunamis along the South Central coastal region of Viet Nam, from Quang Nam to Da Nang.
To reduce the impact from earthquakes and tsunamis, the Government of Viet Nam has approved a plan to establish a "Set-up a tsunami alert system for high risk areas proposal."
It aims at creating a tsunami warning communication system to alert the authorities and people in affected areas, to enable them to organize a timely response.
Children and youth are the future of any country and they are among the most vulnerable groups affected by natural disasters.
"We must equip them with the knowledge and skills that may potentially save their lives” UNDP's Resident Representative a.i in Viet Nam Caitlin Wiesen said.
The “Schools of Son Tinh” campaign is part of UNDP’s regional project on raising tsunami awareness in select schools in 18 Asia Pacific countries. In Viet Nam, the campaign is organized in partnership with Live and Learn and the Viet Nam Student Newspaper.
The campaign “Schools of Son Tinh” combines education programmes, tsunami and disasters drills, and awareness raising activities in selected schools across Viet Nam.
At the end of the drills, over 200 pupils joined the bike parade to spread the campaign message to raise awareness of the local communities on tsunamis and other disasters.
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