“Earthquake cannot harm us much”

Thursday 9 June 2016


Jannati, a 12 year old girl and a student of grade five in Save the Children supported Non Formal Education School, lives at Pukurpar in Savar sub-district with her parents, Asma Begum and Sonai Mia.  

Jannati learned about earthquake preparedness from the “School Disaster Management (SDM)” program of Save the Children in 2015 and also attended earthquake and fire drill that took place in her school.

On 3 April, 2016 a tremor jolted Dhaka and other parts of the country. Like many others, panic gripped Jannati’s parents. But Jannati applied her knowledge of ‘Drop, Cover and Hold’ during the earthquake and told them not to panic.   After few seconds, when it stopped Jannati evacuated her parents safely in an open space.

Sharing her experience aftermath, Asma Begum, Jannati's mother said, “Today we learnt directly from my 12 years old daughter about what to do when there is an earthquake. Now we are confident that earthquake cannot harm us much”

“School Disaster Management (SDM)” is a part of DIPECHO-8 which is funded by the European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid Civil Protection and implemented by partner organization, VERC