The Lebanon Daily Star reported this week that United Nations Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlstrom supports a new law under consideration to help prepare the country to respond to natural disasters.
According to the report, “Wahlstrom said the country needs a basic structure for organization to exist in the country before other natural disaster preparations can take root and endure. A draft law currently under consideration by Parliament to establish a direct chain of command during natural disaster response would make that possible.”
“Wahlstrom met Wednesday with Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who expressed his support to increase disaster management efforts. Mikati also endorsed a national plan to coordinate disaster response with the country’s nearly 1,000 municipalities and called for researchers and universities to devote more time to disaster management and collect data on the events after they occur.”
What are the threats? Natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods that scientists warn could cause “catastrophic levels of destruction in the country, which has an underdeveloped infrastructure.”
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