By Freddie Lazaro
VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur — A lady solon has asked the national and local officials to implement community-based early warning systems and other disaster risk reduction measures to save lives and mitigate damages from tsunamis and other disasters.
Senator Loren Legarda, the the Global Champion for Resilience of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), made the call ahead of today’s observance of World Tsunami Awareness Day which aligns this year with the International Day for Disaster Reduction and the Sendai Seven Campaign focusing on Target “C” of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction aimed at reducing direct disaster economic loss in relation to GDP.
“Tsunamis might not be as frequent as other natural hazards, but they are considered as extremely deadly and costly.
It is important that our authorities, especially those who serve our coastal communities, are well versed in disaster risk reduction measures to prepare for and avoid its impacts,” Legarda said.
Legarda said that tsunamis, in the last century, registered an average of 4,600 deaths per disaster, surpassing the mortality rate for any other natural hazard.
She added that, from 1998 to 2017, economic losses from tsunamis registered at $280 billion, compared to the $2.7 billion in economic losses from 1978 to 1997.