Pongani Village:Disaster Risk Management Program Launched

The International Organization for Migration has embarked on improving disaster risk management, at the community level.

This will help local communities become proactive, when dealing with natural disasters, or hazards at an early stage.


Yesterday, they launched the community based Disaster Risk Management Program at Pongani village, in the Northern Province. The villagers displayed a rousing reception for the delegation.


For the past eight months, they have been involved in a community based disaster risk management program. Pongani village is the first village in the country to pilot this initiative.


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been working with the people of Pongani to formulate a community based disaster risk management plan.


The plan presented to the people yesterday, captures the wishes of the people on how to deal with natural disasters or hazards. The plan will assist the people to develop resilience to natural disasters and hazards.


Pongani village was one of the many affected areas during the 2007 cyclone Guba disaster. Provincial Disaster Coordinator Albert Bogembo called on the government to incorporate this plan for the benefit of local communities.


Albert Bogembo has plans that needs the attention of the government at all levels, to immediately include in their priorities. The people of Pongani embraced the plan with a simulation exercise depicting a disaster scenario.

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