A disaster is a natural or man-made phenomenon that usually cause damage to life, property and destroy the economic, social and cultural life of people and environment. Some of disastrous events which we comes across in our daily lives include fires, wars, earthquakes, and eruptions, floods which for the past few years has been killing thousand of people and leaving others homeless.
Good laws are crucial to reduce risk as well as dealing with fallout for disasters but many countries today do not have those special laws in place for facilitating and regulating international relief. In Botswana there are no such laws which specifically targets disasters. The only legal framework covers disasters indirectly and focuses on inspection, licensing and regulation of various processes. Speaking at International Disaster Response Law Forum at President Hotel yesterday Mr Stephen Tiroyakgosi from Attorney General Chambers calls for establishment of responsible authorities since there is no specific regulatory framework for disasters in Botswana.
Tiroyakgosi listed the Factory Act, The Food Control Act, The Mines, Quarries Work and Machinery Act, Aviation Act as some of the health and safety regulatory laws scattered in many government ministries in Botswana.
The Mine, Quarries, Work and Machinery Act provide for safety, health of persons engaged in mining or machinery used in connection with incidential matters.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in partnership with Botswana Red Cross Society hosted a forum to sensitize and generate a dialogue on the regulation and facilitation of foreign disasters assistance in Botswana.
However the IFRC has developed several tools and trainings to support government in their preparation for disastrious events.
The forum was attended by many people among them SADC,Embassies,Senior Government officials and the NDMO,the International Federation of Red Cross Representatives and Botswana Red Cross Management.
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