YANGON, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- School children from basic education high schools in two coastal townships in Myanmar's Yangon have conducted the first ever Tsunami preparedness drill, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported on Monday.

The Tsunami preparedness drill program, carried out in Kungyangon and Letkokkon townships from Sunday to Monday, was supported by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, and the non-governmental organization of Seeds Asia.

The drills also represent part of a regional project, supported by the Japanese government to strengthen the Tsunami preparedness of schools in 18 Asia-Pacific countries which is being implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The Myanmar government launched an action plan on disaster risk reduction-2017 in October last year in an effort to boost disaster risk prevention investment in the country.

The action plan covered natural hazards as well as man-made accidents.

Mobilization of both domestic and international resources to achieve successful implementation of the action plan was urged.

Myanmar experienced average annual loss of 3 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP) due to natural disaster and over the past three years.