Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Myanmar included in assessment on emergency disaster response

A baseline assessment on emergency disaster response will be done by Asia Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) in six countries, including Myanmar, in the last week of May and lasting for about a month.

File photo of earthquake in Tachileik in 2011. Photo - World VisionFile photo of earthquake in Tachileik in 2011. Photo - World Vision

The assessment is a three-year project titled: Strengthening Emergency Response Capacity of Local Humanitarian Actors in Asia.

“Once we get to the baseline, we will be able to identify the capacity as well as the needs of local and national humanitarian actors together with the government,” said ADPC Philippines senior project manager Mel Capi Stilano.

The baseline assessment will be done in Myanmar, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Nepal, and Pakistan which are within the top 16 high risk countries when it comes to natural disasters, according to Asian Development Bank.

The baseline assessment will be done in 16 districts in 9 states and regions within Myanmar. The ADPC fund is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“After they have done their baseline assessment, they will report on disasters,” said U Nay Win, assistant director of the Relief and Resettlement Department.

The baseline assessment is the first step in strengthening the emergency response capacity building project.