Make vigilance and preparedness in facing possible disaster risks a lifestyle
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Coordinating Minister of Human Development and Cultural Affairs Muhadjir Effendy underscored the importance of vigilance and preparedness for disaster potentials to avoid risks to human lives.

"Make vigilance and preparedness in facing possible disaster risks a lifestyle," Effendy said in a statement here, Tuesday .

The minister remarked that the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) had recorded 3,350 natural disasters this year until December 12, 2022, dominated by hydrometeorological disasters due to extreme weather, such as flooding and landslides.

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Apart from hydrometeorological disasters, Indonesia is also prone to geological disasters, such as tectonic earthquakes, liquefaction, tsunami, and volcanic eruption, he added.

"Even recently, Indonesia must bear losses and is mourning the (scale of destruction and impacts due to the) Cianjur earthquake (on November 21)," he remarked.

The condition highlighted the need to rev up preparedness in facing disaster risks on account of the increasing trend of disaster occurrence in Indonesia, the coordinating minister remarked.

Effendy emphasized the importance of the active roles of the public and all stakeholders in reducing disaster risks.

"Disaster mitigation is not only the responsibility of the government but it also needs support from all parties," he noted.

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While emphasizing the importance of the pentahelix approach in disaster mitigation efforts, the minister underlined that the government, academics, the business sector, the public, the media, and the police and military must work together to perform the task.

Effendy said that improving on-site data, which must be provided promptly and accurately, is essential, as the data will be considered to decide proper measures for disaster mitigation.

Hence, all parties must work together to continue renewing disaster data, as the government continues to encourage cross-sectoral coordination, he added.

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Translator: Wuryanti P, Nabil Ihsan
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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