Building resilience in earthquake prone areas in Myanmar through better preparedness and response

Photo: UNDP Myanmar
Status: Closed
Duration: July 2017 – July 2019
Budget: EURO 931,184
Coverage: National Level, Yangon Region, Mandalay Region, Sagaing Region, Bago Region, Kachin State, Chin State
Beneficiaries: Government department who are members of National and State/Region Disaster Management Committee members. School Children and Residents of Yangon Region, Mandalay Region, Bago Region, Sagaing Region, Kachin State, Chin State (the most earthquake prone 6 States and Regions in Myanmar)
Donors: EUR 800,000 (ECHO)
EUR 131,184 (UNDP)
Focus: Building resilience in Earthquake prone areas through better preparedness and response
Partners: Department of Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group

About the Project

The project builds resilience of vulnerable communities and the Government of Myanmar at the national and sub-national levels to withstand the impact of earthquakes through better preparedness. The key focus of the project is to strengthen institutional preparedness capacity and community awareness on actions to prepare and respond to an earthquake. The project aligns with and contributes to Sendai Priorities for Actions 2 and 4; and the ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) Works Programme 2016-2020 (Priority 1 and 3), and the Myanmar Action Plan on Disaster Risk Reduction (2017).


Building resilience of communities and strengthening the capacity of the government in earthquake prone areas through better awareness, preparedness and response measures

Expected Results

  • Equip national and sub-national government institutions with functional and tested earthquake preparedness and response plans.
  • Raise awareness among women, men and children from different ethnic groups, in the most earthquake prone States/Regions on basic life saving techniques before, during and after an earthquake.
  • Compile good practices, technical and scientific data and development priorities at national and ASEAN levels related to earthquake resilience in Myanmar and make them available to all stakeholders and especially government, under Myanmar Earthquake Resilience Strategy.



Among all the natural disasters that impact the country, earthquakes are the greatest threat to development gains. The earthquake hazards are among the major contributing factors to the high-risk classification for Myanmar, which lies on several fault system namely: the Sagaing fault, Kyauk Kyan fault, Kalatan fault and Kabaw fault and so on.

Under the leadership of the Department of Disaster Management and generous support by European Union Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO), UNDP Myanmar is implementing an 18-month project, entitled, “Building Resilience in Earthquake prone areas in Myanmar through better preparedness and response” aiming to reduce the loss of lives due to earthquakes in Myanmar. The project will cover the most earthquake prone States and Regions (Yangon, Mandalay, Sagaing, Bago, Kachin, Chin) and Union Territory (Nay Pyi Taw).

UNDP Myanmar produced series of videos to provide safety and preparedness measures in case of an earthquake. Please share the information to your friends and families.

Enhancing Earthquake Resilience Community Among School Children

It is difficult to predict where and when earthquake is going to happen. Do school children know how to stay safely during their school time? Children can learn earthquake safety tips in this video.

Enhancing Earthquake Resilience Community in Rural Population

Myanmar is one of the earthquake prone areas in southeast Asia. It is important to know how to stay safe in rural area during an earthquake. Please don’t forget to share the information of this video to your community.

Enhancing Earthquake Resilience Community in Urban Population

Myanmar is prone to earthquake since it is located on one of the world’s two main earthquake zones. Preparedness is very crucial for earthquake risk reduction. This video is presenting about preparedness measures for your home to minimize the losses due to an earthquake.


Year-wise Budget

Year Amount
2017 USD 92,074
2018 USD 753,017
2019 USD 209,276
Total USD 1,054,367

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