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Emphasize worldwide importance of disaster prevention and preparedness: UN Chief on World Tsunami Awareness Day
This year the World Tsunami Awareness Day, November 5, has aligned with the International Day for Disaster Reduction and the 'Sendai Seven Campaign' which aims at reducing direct disaster economic loss in relation to GDP. The UN has urged people to join the campaign at their main hashtag #TsunamiDay.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterre in his message stated, "Tsunamis are rare but devastating. I saw this first-hand during my recent visit to Sulawesi, Indonesia, shortly after the earthquake and tsunami of 1 October. More than 2,000 people died and thousands more were harmed or displaced. As well as struggling to deal with the losses and trauma, the people of Sulawesi will need to recover from the economic losses caused by this disaster. Reducing economic losses is a key target of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and is vital for eradicating extreme poverty."

According to him, over the past two decades, tsunamis have accounted for almost 10 per cent of economic losses from disasters, setting back development gains, especially in countries that border the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

He added, "World Tsunami Awareness Day is an opportunity to emphasize again the importance of disaster prevention and preparedness, including early warning, public education, science to better understand and predict tsunamis, and development that takes account of risk in seismic zones and exposed coastal areas."

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