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Natural hazards in Algeria: interventions cost DZD545 billion over past 16 years

Published on : Sunday, 22 November 2020 20:27   Read : 8 time(s)
Natural hazards in Algeria: interventions cost DZD545 billion over past 16 years

ALGIERS - Interventions during the occurrence of natural hazards in Algeria such as earthquakes, floods and forest fires have cost DZD 545 billion over the past 16 years, national delegate for major risks Afra Hamid, said Sunday in Algiers.

In an interview to APS, Afra said that "Algeria has allotted between 2004 (date of the promulgation of the law on the prevention of major hazards and disaster management) and 2019, DZD545 billion to interventions following earthquakes, floods and forest fires."

In this regard, the delegate emphasized the need to adapt to new concepts of major disasters management, in line with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which emphasizes the need to shift from disaster risk management to the management of the resulting risks.

 The official announced the forthcoming promulgation of the decree revising the organization of the National Delegation for Major Risks, in application of the Prime Minister’s instructions during the last government-Walis meeting, but also of the Sendai framework.

Abdelaziz Djerad announced the review of the functioning of certain bodies, like the National delegation for major hazards which must "have a forward-looking and anticipatory vision on natural hazards" to prevent the forest fires and floods recorded in recent years from happening.

In 2004, Algeria adopted a policy on the prevention of major risks by the establishment of a law defining 15 natural hazards and technologies, as well as the methods of prevention and interventions.

 

Natural hazards in Algeria: interventions cost DZD545 billion over past 16 years

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