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Adopt new earthquake contingency plan to save lives: Speakers

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Health Desk: Dec 15, 2017--- Sheer lack of coordination and inadequate trained manpower are the primary hurdles in implementing disaster management plans in the event of a devastating earthquake in the capital, said experts and officials concerned at a discussion on Wednesday.

M Abu Sadeque, director of House Building Research Institute, said, “The national strategic plan on disaster management for the period of 2010 to 2015 was not even corroborated with a disaster-specific action plan and it expired on paper.”

Save the Children, The Daily Star and C&A Foundation jointly organised the discussion titled “Review of Dhaka City Corporation Earthquake Contingency Plan” at Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP).

Earlier in 2009, the government prepared the contingency plans under its Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP) for more than 20 government organisations, but without due participation of the organisations, Sadeque, who has been working on earthquake disaster management for over three decades now, also said.