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Disaster Preparedness: Volunteers For Urban Resilience Inception Workshop Held

22 March 2019

Volunteers For Urban Resilience Inception Workshop was held on Friday in Yangon.

Myanmar is vulnerable to natural disaster and ranked as one of the most disaster-stricken countries in Asia-Pacific Region. Myanmar Consortium for Community Resilience (MCCRR) project has been implementing in Myanmar since 2010 and this time, the Volunteers for urban resilience training program are introduced in Yangon.

Country Director, Action Aid Myanmar, Araddhy Mehtta said “So, historically, there have been a lot of investments in rural areas on disaster destruction and building resilience community. And it is also very important that we start working in urban areas that increases migration. The slums are very dense and also on the Sagaing fault line. It’s important that the investment is in urban areas as well as that does in rural areas.”

According to the director of Disaster Management Department, the most happened disaster in Yangon is fire and followed by flood and earthquake.

Director, Department of Disaster Management, Win Shwe said “The training will take for 11 days at Hinthada Training School. The concerning departments which are dealing with the preparation, prevention and response process on natural disaster, will provide the essential training. And also, to carry out preparative measures before the disaster hits, we hope that they can also join hands with concerning departments, UN Agencies, INGO and local NGO.”

The role of community in disaster preparedness and response is the core in disaster management and the training program will provide the awareness, knowledge, skills and capacity for community level.

 Head of Unit, Red Cross (Latha Township), Wunna Shein said “I expect much from this training program. As we are members of Red Cross Society, we have always been helping out the victims hit by the disaster and I hope we will get better experience and knowledge. We will give awareness to our community when we get back from the training.”

5 persons who are devoted to volunteering from each township of Lanmadaw, Latha, Mingalar Taung Nyunt, Dala, Dagon Seikkan of Yangon region and 5 persons from general administration department will be given training at Disaster Management Training School in Hinthada.