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UN Chief Calls For Raising Awareness About Tsunami Threat

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on Friday, called on the international community to raise awareness about tsunami threats and share innovative approaches to decreasing risks.

The UN chief said this in a message marking World Tsunami Awareness Day.

“We can build on the progress achieved, ranging from better outreach to tsunami-exposed communities around the world.

“And to the inclusion of a Tsunami  Programme in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.’’

Guterres, however, said the risks “remain immense’’, as rising sea levels caused by the climate emergency will further exacerbate the destructive power of tsunamis.

According to him, science, international cooperation, preparedness and early action must be at the centre of all efforts to keep people and communities safer.

In December 2015, the UN General Assembly designated Nov. 5 as World Tsunami Awareness Day.

It called on countries, international bodies and civil society to raise tsunami awareness and share innovative approaches to risk reduction.

This year, World Tsunami Awareness Day is promoting the target of the “Sendai Seven Campaign” which aims to substantially enhance international cooperation to developing countries.

The United Nations said Tsunamis are rare but extremely deadly events.

In the past 100 years, 58 of them have claimed more than 260,000 lives or an average of 4,600 per disaster, more than any other natural hazard.

By the year 2030, an estimated 50 per cent of the world’s population would live in coastal areas which are exposed to flooding, storms and tsunamis.



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