International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction Today, Know Its Purpose and History

New Delhi: Natural calamities never come as a disaster, but today programmes are being run all over the world to reduce its risk. The focus of the discussion in these programmes is that if tampering with nature is not stopped now, the existence of organisms on earth will be at stake.

Indiscriminate felling of trees, soil erosion and water and air pollution are all endangering our existence. International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction is observed on 13th October every year to sensitize about the same. It started in 2009. The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) decided to follow international efforts to mitigate natural disasters on the second Wednesday of October. It was later amended and fixed as 13th October.

International Day for Natural Disaster Mitigation is observed every year to increase vigilance about the consequences of changes in our environment. Millions of people are encouraged to come forward to deal with it and talk about their efforts to understand the danger that has caused loss of life and property to the people. These people encourage others to join awareness-raising campaigns and a number of activities are organized on International Day to reduce the risk of natural disasters.

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