Disaster risk reduction at our fingertips

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Jakarta Post, the

By Sophie Kemkhadze

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Since that tragic catastrophe [2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami], Indonesia has created the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and its local counterparts to manage disasters and established nationwide early warning systems. Communities throughout the country have been more informed with preventive steps with students and villagers performing disaster drills in schools and villages respectively.

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Recent disasters in Indonesia, like the Central Sulawesi quake-triggered tsunami or the current COVID-19 pandemic, serve as a wake-up call for the country to look beyond conventional measures when it comes to data analysis and area mapping in strengthening disaster-preventive systems.

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The United Nations Development Program (UNDP), through the Program for Earthquake and Tsunami Reconstruction Assistance (PETRA) project, and in partnership with the German Development Bank, KfW, works with BNPB to rebuild vital infrastructure and community facilities, and strengthen the resilience of people. We have also expanded support to BNPB's "InaRISK" mobile application to assist with monitoring support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tool, developed in partnership with BNPB, informs users of imminent risks of impending natural disasters, disseminating disaster risk assessment to the government and other stakeholders.

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