Tsunamis in the past have been the most deadly of all the natural disasters. There have been 58 tsunamis in the past 100 years which have killed around 260 000 lives. The average disaster rate is 4600 lives per disaster. Tsunamis destroy everything that comes in their way living organisms, infrastructures, social services, development and etc. It displaces people and destroys the hard work of decades. With the aim of raising public awareness of risks caused by tsunamis, The United Nations in their General Assembly in December 2015 adopted the resolution A/RES/70/203 and proclaimed 5th of November as the world tsunami awareness day. The day was first celebrated across the globe under the coordination of United Nations office of Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and other relevant originations linked with the United Nation System in 2016. The main aim was to observe WTAD and the very first WTAD focused on evacuation drills and education.
How to observe it?
The day is observed globally every year by the people with the aim of minimizing the risks caused by tsunamis and educated the public regarding the natural disaster making them well equipped with the information that they require to be prepared and respond effectively when the tsunami approaches.