Coping With Disaster

Orientation on Disaster Risk Management to the resident of Liwali IDP Camp, Liwali Bhaktapur

 

Disaster cannot totally be prevented. However, the consequences of disaster can be reduced to some extent. Considering this fact a training session on Disaster Risk Management was conducted under Emergency Rain Project in the month of June. 

The objective of the session was to make the participants familiar about natural disaster and disaster related terminology. Further, the sessions also focused on identification of possible risk and prepare disaster preparedness and response plan in the project sites of Emergency Rain Project.

A total of 12 residents from Liwali IDP Camp participated in the training session. During the session, the participants were facilitated on the concept of disaster including the types of disaster. Besides, the participants were also provided with the concept of Disaster Risk Management Cycle. “It is important to make people understand about how to mitigate the risk associated with disaster. Therefore the training session is an important step which would help the community people to identify the possible disaster risks. In addition, it would even help to increase the capacity of an individual for better response so as to reduce human suffering and property losses,” said Sarita Pandey, facilitator of the training session.

During the event, orientation was given on how to mitigate the risk of disaster. Moreover, beside mitigation, the prevention measures were also discussed among the participants. The participants were exited after the training session. “Previously, I had no knowledge about Disaster Risk Management. The training session enlightened me on how disaster management can be done. Besides, I even learnt how to rank the disaster risks, value it and even analyze them in order to reduce the consequences in future. Now I am able to rank several disaster risks of my community that can occur in future, prepare a response plan and minimize them as well,” says Shree Ram Khaito, resident of Liwali.

After the formal session, with the help of the participants, the vulnerability of the community was mapped through matrix ranking and participatory social map was prepared. The risk that is associated in the community was identified. Krisha Koju, a resident of Liwali Camp said, “I had heard about disaster risk management before but now I am clearer about the concept. After the training session, I learnt how to response during any disaster. Besides, I also understood what can be done before, during and after any disaster. What I learned today, I look forward to share it among friends and family so that they can also be aware how to be safe from disaster.” The training session provided a concept on disaster. The participants are looking forward to explore on the topic and aware other as well.

 By Uzabi Baidar, GUTHI