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AAU, National Disaster Risk Management Commission (NDRMC) Offer a Workshop on Geohazard Risk

AAU and NDRMC jointly organized a workshop on Geohazard Risk at Intercontinental hotel that is going to end on November 7, 2019.

His Execellency Ato Damene Darota, Deputy Commissioner of NDRMC, in his keynote speech said, integration of Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) into all sectors’ development plans is among their key disaster risk reduction related priorities.

Damene further said while pursuing efforts to capacitate DRRM across the country in the context of their NDRM policy and strategy, they embarked on its implementation tool-strategic programme and implementation framework.

“According to NDRMC, the implementation of DRRM policy involves concerned Ministries taking ownership of the implementation” Damene revealed.

“Due to unsatisfactory ownership level of interest, we are facing reoccurrence of drought and flood, and Geohazard impacts in a form of landslides, ground fissures and earthquakes” he explained.

The deputy commissioner recommended that the idea of mainstreaming on the risks identified and mapping the vulnerable areas could be a step for risk reduction.

Atalay Ayele, a seismologist in the Institute of Geophysics, Space Science and Astronomy (IGSSA), said earthquakes, volcano eruptions, landslides and ground fissures are current perils in Ethiopia.

“The earth tremors, landslides and ground fissures have become current threats to the country’s road construction” Atalay revealed.

“Registering the serious menace, informing the government and making the people aware are the major responsibilities of our office” The seismologist told the staff reporter.

Theodros Shewangizaw November 11, 2019

Photograph by Fikremariam Beyene