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International Day for Disaster Reducation
Updated on 17 th October, 2016

The International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) is celebrated on the 13th of October every year, all over the world. It began in 1989 after a call by the United Nations General Assembly to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. Bhutan joined the rest of the world in observing this day since 2008. It is a day to encourage every citizen and the government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations.

This year the day is observed at Paro khangkhu Middle Secondary School,with the diaplay of various disaster reducation releated programs.

Message from His Excellency the Minister for Home and Cultural Affairs

Environmental & Social Management Framework for Hydromet & Disaster Improvement Regional Project

The Department of Disaster Management in collaboration with the Department of Hydromet Services, Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Department of Agriculture under Ministry of Agriculture and Forest has prepared the Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) for the implementation of upcoming Hydroment and Disaster Improvement Regional Project supported by the World Bank. The main objective of the porject is to strengthen Bhutan's capacity for improved hydromet services and disaster preparedness and response capacity.

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Preliminary Report on Earthquake 13 April 2016

Event Date and Time: 13 April 2016 and 7.55PM (BST)
Magnitude: 6.9
Epicenter: Mawlaik, Burma, Myanmar

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Windstorm Advisory

In continuation to the Department of Hydro-met Services, Ministry of Economic Affairs announcement regarding severe weather conditions the Department of Disaster Management, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs would also like to caution the general public that strong gusty wind of around 30 meter per second is forecasted during the next 72 hours over isolated places of Northern (Gasa and Bumthang) and isolated places of North-west parts (Haa, Paro and Thimphu) of Bhutan.

If you experience strong wind in the areas that you live, the Department would like to advise you to stay indoors and firmly close all windows and doors. In case the weather condition worsens stay on lower floors as the severity of the windstorm increases at higher altitudes. If you are outdoors, take shelter under strong structures. If there are no structures, go to low lying areas, open places away from electrical poles, electrical lines, telephone poles, prayer flags, trees and any hanging objects. If you are driving, pull over to a safe place and stay inside.

If there are any changes in the forecast the Department of Hydro-met Services, Ministry of Economic Affairs will issue an update.

Preliminary Report on Earthquake as of 14 January 2016 (12:05 BST)

Event Date and Time 04 January 2016 and 5:05AM (BST)
Magnitude 6.7
Epicenter Imphal, Manipur, India

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