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Natural disasters and protection against them

16 September 2010

A Disaster Risk Reduction DIPECHO regional project, with a goal to raise the level of preparedness in disaster-prone regions was launched in Armenia on 8 July. “The South Caucasus is highly exposed to natural hazards” said Onno Simons, the head of the Political, Economic, Press and Information section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, stressing that Armenia is particularly prone to natural disasters. From 2003 to 2007 718 natural disasters were registered on the territory of Armenia, causing the destruction of settlements and cultivated land. With an overall aim to help people prepare and cope better with disasters, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department has assigned € 2 million for the implementation of DIPECHO projects in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. In Armenia the implementation of the programme already started in the regions of Vayots Dzor and Tavush: schools have been equipped with means of fire-prevention and first aid, teachers and pupils have been trained how to act in extraordinary situations and evacuation studies have been conducted. Information booklets have also been disseminated.

In Armenia, the disaster preparedness programme is implemented by the Armenian Red Cross Society, OXFAM GB Armenian branch and UNICEF Armenia.

Natural disasters and protection against them

A Disaster Risk Reduction DIPECHO regional project, with a goal to raise the level of preparedness in disaster-prone regions was launched in Armenia on 8 July. “The South Caucasus is highly exposed to natural hazards” said Onno Simons, the head of the Political, Economic, Press and Information section of the EU Delegation to Armenia, stressing that Armenia is particularly prone to natural disasters. From 2003 to 2007 718 natural disasters were registered on the territory of Armenia, causing the destruction of settlements and cultivated land. With an overall aim to help people prepare and cope better with disasters, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department has assigned € 2 million for the implementation of DIPECHO projects in Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. In Armenia the implementation of the programme already started in the regions of Vayots Dzor and Tavush: schools have been equipped with means of fire-prevention and first aid, teachers and pupils have been trained how to act in extraordinary situations and evacuation studies have been conducted. Information booklets have also been disseminated. In Armenia, the disaster preparedness programme is implemented by the Armenian Red Cross Society, OXFAM GB Armenian branch and UNICEF Armenia.