Dhaka city’s disaster resilience went up in 2016 : study says

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:01, Feb 17,2017 | Updated: 01:06, Feb 17,2017


Dhaka North city mayor Annisul Huq with guests holds a copy of a report on urban disaster resilience published by DNCC at its launching in Dhaka on Thursday. — New Age photo

Dhaka city achieved higher disaster resilience in 2016 compared to the situation in 2010, said a study unveiled on Thursday.
Kyoto University of Japan conducted the study under a project supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency, said a press release.
The Urban Disaster Resilience Index showed that in 2010 resilience score was 2.35 which rose to 2.52 in 2016.
The study in 2016 covered all the 36 wards of the DNCC while the study in 2010 covered whole Dhaka city including the Old Dhaka which is supposed to be more vulnerable.
Dhaka North City Corporation and SEEDS Asia are jointly implementing the project to make the city more resilient for any disaster, said DNCC superintendent engineer and also the project director Tariq Bin Yusuf.
Though the city became more resilient for any disaster, it was still most dangerous city in comparison to other Asian cities, according to the study.
Dhaka North city mayor Md Annisul Huq as chief guest unveiled the report and said that he has been working for building a disaster resilient Dhaka city.
He emphasized on open spaces in the city and awareness among the city dwellers to make the city disaster resilient.
‘We need open spaces to take shelter during any disaster like earthquakes,’ he added.
Among others, DNCC chief executive officer Mesbahul Islam and SEEDS Asia board chairman Rajib Shaw spoke at the function. 

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