DÍLI, october 7, 2020 (TATOLI) – The Secretary of State for the Environment (SEA), Demétrio Amaral, said Timor-Leste should bring out the assessment focuses on its capacites to deal with a possible natural disasters since Timor-Leste is yet to adjusts to the international standards in terms of preparing itself to face the natural disaster risks.

Mr Amaral highlighted this during his speech in the context of commemoration the day of International Disaster Risk Reduction at Comoro Dili.

“As an example, some of our buildings, like supermarkets, do not comply with international standards which can leads to a building collapse,” he said.

At this point he added Timor-Leste is located close to the geographical area often influenced by pressures from the South and the Asian zone, which rises two seasons called dry season which causes water shortage and rainy season which often causes numerous floods.

He also stressed that it is necessary to define a politic for national strategic with a view to reduce the risk of disasters, adopting a concrete measure that aim to allow a complete response.

So far, the preparation of integrated planning has started with aims to develop the concept and the environment divert roles.

“thus, we are seeking to capitalize funds to be able to mitigate the possible circumstances of natural disaster in the future,” he said.

The activities that will involve in the celebration of Natural disaster reduction day are to growing the mangroves at Ulmera Liquiça district and  followed by Healthy walking/long walking for health.

Journalist: Nelson de Sousa

Editor: Francisco Simões/Nick Kettle

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