Pre­par­ing to han­dle earth­quakes

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

The Union Min­is­ter for So­cial Wel­fare, Relief and Re­set­tle­ment, Dr. Win Myat Aye, re­cently launched a pro­ject that builds re­silience of vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties and the Gov­ern­ment of Myan­mar at the na­tional and sub-na­tional lev­els to with­stand the im­pact of earth­quakes through bet­ter pre­pared­ness.

The pro­ject re­ceived Euro 800,000 from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion - Euro­pean Civil Pro­tec­tion and Hu­man­i­tar­ian Aid Op­er­a­tions (ECHO) and will be im­ple­mented by the Min­istry of So­cial Wel­fare and Relief and Re­set­tle­ment in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the United Na­tions Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme (UNDP).

Myan­mar is prone to earth­quakes, be­ing lo­cated on one of the two main earth­quake belts of the world. In­creas­ing ur­ban­iza­tion brought on by the coun­try’s eco­nomic growth, cou­pled with poor build­ing stan­dards and lack of aware­ness put Myan­mar at high risk.

“Dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness in Myan­mar is usu­ally for multi-haz­ards. Since the im­pact of an earth­quake is quite dif­fer­ent from any other dis­as­ters, we still need to en­hance earth­quake spe­cific pre­pared­ness ca­pac­ity, in­clud­ing earth­quake re­sponse pro­ce­dures, re­sponse team, tools and equip­ment etc.,” said Dr Win Myat Aye.

Speak­ing at the launch, Ms. Cle­mentina Can­toni, ECHO Tech­ni­cal Ex­pert said, “It is im­por­tant to em­pha­size that in­sti­tu­tional strength­en­ing is key in earth­quake pre­pared­ness as earth­quake pre­pared­ness calls for long-term in­ter­ven­tion. The pro­ject aims to bring sci­en­tific and tech­ni­cal knowl­edge into day to day devel­op­ment in­ter­ven­tions.”

Dawn Del Rio, UNDP Deputy Coun­try Direc­tor ac­knowl­edged the pres­ence of par­tic­i­pants from the Union and State/re­gional level and high­lighted the im­por­tance of co­op­er­a­tion and ef­fec­tive co­or­di­na­tion from all stake­hold­ers to en­sure seam­less in­ter­ven­tions in the pre­pared­ness for and re­sponse to earth­quakes.

Through the pro­ject, the Na­tional Earth­quake Pre­pared­ness and Re­sponse Plan and the Na­tional Earth­quake Re­silient Strat­egy will be de­vel­oped. Pub­lic aware­ness in the most earth­quake prone six states and re­gions - Bago, Chin, Kachin, Man­dalay, Sa­gaing and Yangon – will be pro­moted as well. The pro­ject builds on past ini­tia­tives to strengthen Myan­mar’s ca­pac­ity for dis­as­ter risk re­duc­tion.

Photo: EPA

Af­ter­math of the 2016 earth­quake in Ba­gan.

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