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Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

Principal Investigator (Affiliation)
  • SDGs9
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  • SDGs17
Prof. & Director
MEGURO Kimiro
(International Center for Urban Safety Engineering, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo)
Research Institutions in Japan The University of Tokyo / Hokkaido University / Tohoku University / Keio University
Research Institutions in Myanmar Yangon Technological University (YTU) / Myanmar Engineering Society (MES) / Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) / Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) / Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR) / Ministry of Construction (MOC) / Irrigation Department (ID) / Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC) / Mandalay Technological University (MTU) / etc.
Adoption fiscal year FY 2014
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Myanmar
General Description of the Research Project

Assess the risk of urban disasters and prepare for disasters in the future
With Myanmar and its cities under large-scale development, the risk of disasters increases due to expansion of the urban population and climate change. This project monitors changes in the ground, terrain, and urban environment associated with the development process, and develops a system for assessing vulnerabilities to potential disasters in Myanmar. The project aims to identify disaster risks in advance to contribute to the formulation of regional development planning and disaster prevention countermeasures as well as to support the strengthening of the Myanmar government's disaster response capabilities.

Disseminate research outcomes and contribute to improvement of disaster response capabilities throughout Asia
Collaboration among government, industry and academia is indispensable for building safe cities. It has already been decided to establish the Research Center for Urban Safety (provisional title), which will serve as the core of a consortium to promote such collaboration. The solutions for the issues in Myanmar promise to serve as a model that can be applied to other Asian countries to improve their disaster response capabilities.

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Field survey to observe flood risk countermeasures (Wagadok Dam)

Field survey to observe flood risk countermeasures (Wagadok Dam)

New building at YTU where the Research Center for Urban Safety will be established

New building at YTU where the Research Center for Urban Safety will be established

Yangon, Myanmar's largest city.

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