More than 800 people paraded through streets of My Tho town in Tien Giang Province to appeal for natural disaster reduction efforts on Sunday 13 October.
The event, organised by Save the Children in collaboration with international organisations working in Tien Giang province, marked the United Nations International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13th October every year.
This is a day to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of disaster risk reduction. It’s also a day to encourage every citizen and government to take part in building more disaster resilient communities and nations.
This year, the event especially focuses on the role of older men and women in frostering resilience as older persons are vulnerable and suffer disproportionately high levels of death and injuries during disasters.
Tien Giang province is located on the coastal line of Mekong River that is prone to flood and storm every year. Since 2002, Save the Children has been implemented disaster risk reduction projects to support children and people of the province to better prepare for flooding seasons and build up resilient ability to cope with the consequences of disasters and climate changes.
Save the Children has worked in Vietnam since 1990s in both areas of humanitarian and development. Since 1990s, the aid organization has been providing foods and emergency items for people when a disaster hits the country.
Save the Children provides life-saving items for children in flood-affected areas and trains the children and their communities to minimize the risks of disasters