Bangladesh: Review of earthquake contingency plan of Dhaka City Corporation
The Daily Star and Save the Children in association with C&A Foundation and Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) organized a roundtable titled "Review of Earthquake Contingency Plan of Dhaka City Corporation" on December 13, 2017.
Syed Matiul Ahsan, Deputy Director, Humanitarian Sector, Save the Children and Moderator
Bangladesh is a pioneer in disaster management. Standing Orders on Disaster (SOD) of 1996 paved the way of our disaster preparedness activities. Our disaster preparedness plans are mainly designed to tackle regular calamities such as flood, cyclone and so on. But another major threat looming over the city is earthquake for which we do not have adequate preparation. Notably, comprehensive disaster management programme (CDMP) prepared an earthquake contingency plan for undivided Dhaka city in 2010. Unfortunately the plan is yet to be implemented. In today's roundtable we will review the plan and discuss how to address its loopholes and operationalize the plan in the present context.
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