The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic declared October 5 as a Disaster Reduction Day in the Kyrgyz Republic to commemorate the Magnitude 6.6 earthquake that hit the Nura village, Alai district on October 5, 2008 , claiming lives of 75 people including 41 children and injuring 150 people including 93 children. Now, on October 5 every year, various types of activates, such as conferences, trainings, simulation drills, etc. will be conducted at the national level, aiming at increasing culture of safety of the population and involvement of all key stakeholders and local municipalities in disaster risk reduction measures. The Ministry of Emergency Situation as the responsible agency will have an “Open Doors Day” for the citizens to interact with the Ministry. The initiative to establish this Disaster Reduction Day was initiated by the Ministry of Emergency Situation reflecting on the lessons learned from their representatives’ study visit to Japan in 2016 under the Japan-World Bank Program for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Management in Developing Countries and supported by the Disaster Risk Management Hub, Tokyo. During this visit, the Kyrgyz delegation participated in the Nine City and Prefecture Joint Disaster Simulation Drill on September 1 which is the National Disaster Preparedness Day in Japan.
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