Database for losses and damages of disasters to be established in MyanmarDec 24, 2012
Nay Pyi Taw - A database for losses and damages of disasters will be established in Myanmar to help develop national capacities for monitoring and analyzing risks and vulnerabilities caused by disasters in support of disaster risk reduction, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery efforts.
The database will be established by Relief and Resettlement Department of Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement with the support of United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Human Settlement Programme and United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
Such database will be the first in its kind in Myanmar and as a kick-start a stakeholders consultation meeting for the establishment of the database was organised on 18 December in the capital of Myanmar, Nay Pyi Taw.
U Soe Htwe, Deputy Director-General of Relief and Resettlement Department said in his opening remarks that the current disaster information management system in Myanmar needs enhancement to ensure data on various disaster events are systematically collected, organized, stored and analyzed and to generate risk information for consideration in national and sub-national level disaster risk reduction plans.
“The establishment of such database is believed to provide valuable inputs to improve understanding of disaster risks in Myanmar. This consultation workshop is intended to consult with stakeholders the process for the database establishment and to identify the sources of the past disaster loss and damage data”, U Min Htut Yin, Assistant Resident Representative of UNDP explained. UNDP has been providing technical support to the establishment of national disaster loss databases in Asia, and Mr. Rajesh Sharma, Programme Specialist of Asian Pacific Regional Center of UNDP presented in the meeting the establishment of similar database in Indonesia and India.
The consultation meeting was participated by 45 representatives from government departments, UNDP, UNHABITAT, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, Myanmar Red Cross Society and private sector. Following the presentations, the participants actively discussed and shared their views on the establishment of database as well as the availability of disaster data in their respective organizations.
“The meeting was quite successful. The departments showed their keen interest to support the database. The project to establish the database will be continued with concrete work-plan in 2013. The coordination among the stakeholders and key departments is crucial for successful implementation of this project”, Mr. Jaiganesh, DRR Specialist of UN-HABITAT, said.
Ms. Margareta Walhstrom, Special Representative of UN Secretary General on Disaster Risk Reduction, during her visit to Myanmar in October 2011, commented that the creation of disaster loss and damage database is critical and instrumental to the definition of sustainable development and poverty alleviation strategies.
Alex Nyi Nyi Aung, Communications Analyst