PM U.Khurelsukh: One percent of the state budget must be used for disaster risk management

2019-04-24 14:00:04

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. Opening of the first comprehensive disaster protection training, being organized by the Governor’s Office of the Capital City and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the capital city, took place at the Sukhbaatar square today on April 24. 

Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh, Ministry of Construction and Urban Development Kh.Badelkhan, Governor of the Capital City and Mayor of Ulaanbaatar City S.Amarsaikhan, Chief of NEMA, Major General T.Badral, Deputy Minister of Defense T.Dulamdorj and other corresponding officials, representatives of government and non-government organizations, and citizens attended the event. 

In his opening remarks, Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh said, “The comprehensive disaster protection training is being organized for the first time after 29 years. The training aims to enhance disaster preparedness of organizations and entities, improve citizens involvement and their abilities. There are number of  buildings in the seismic active region of Ulaanbaatar city that have been deemed unsafe. The issue should be re-studied during the course of the training and appropriate step-by-step measures must be taken. On all levels, we must put in our best efforts into solving this issue, correlated with the lives of the citizens. To continue to implement the law on disaster protection, we must become accustomed to planning 1 percent of the state budget for disaster risk reduction. Disaster prevention will be the government’s focus henceforth.”

There has been 260,000 occurrences of earthquakes of varying degrees in Mongolia in the past 10 years. While earthquakes occurred in Ulaanbaatar about 200 times per year before 2005, the numbers have increased to become 10 times more by 2013. As of the first 3 months of 2019, there have been 261 occurrences in the capital city, increased by 70 compared with the same period of the previous year.