KOTA KINABALU: A Local Coordination Centre for disaster response should be set up in Kota Kinabalu.
Mayor of Kota Kinabalu, Datuk Abidin Madingkir, said the centre is crucial when disaster occurred in the city in the future.
“The responsibility and handling disaster situations must not be carried solely by the local authority, including the city hall and government agencies, but also by everyone.
“I think it is time for the government agencies and NGOs to cooperate to develop an effective strategy to reduce disaster occurrences in Sabah.
“That is why I support the idea to set up the coordination centre,” he said in his speech for officiating the International Disaster Response Network workshop at Promenade Hotel, here yesterday.
Abidin said the climate change is also contributing to the increase of natural disaster which is not only affecting the people and their daily life, but also endanger the community and economy.
“Eventhough Sabah is known as “Land Below the Wind’, where we seldom experience any major storms, but it does not mean we will be safe from other kinds of natural disasters, including the effect of earthquake from neighbouring countries.
“With the recent flood disaster in the state, we may see the inefficiencies in management and response to handle the natural disaster. For this matter, we need to be prepared with proper trainings,” he said.
In this regard, Abidin welcomes the launching of the workshop for disaster response training which was organized with the cooperation of International Disaster Response Network.
“I am informed that IDRN play a major role in the international level for providing effective training programmes and setting up cooperation networks for handling disasters around the world,” he added. – SayangSabah