Moves to 5th from bottom on safety index
Staff Correspondent: Dhaka has advanced two notches on the latest edition of the Safe Cities Index (SCI) of the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
The capital city of Bangladesh ranks the 56th among 60 cities on the index with an overall score of 44.6 out of total 100.
Earlier, the country ranked 58th with a score of 47.37 a year ago, according to the EIU of The Economist Group, a sister concern to The Economist magazine, UK.
The Safe Cities Index 2019, in its latest report, ranks 60 cities across 57 indicators covering the 4 broad areas: digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security.
It added said Dhaka ranks 57th in Digital Security and Health Security, 59 th in Infrastructure Security and 55th in Personal Security.
Tokyo again came overall first, and Asia-Pacific cities made up six of the top ten, the report said.
Other top cities are Singapore (2nd), Osaka (3rd), Sydney (5th), Seoul (tied 8th) and Melbourne (10th).
A total of 10 new indicators were added this year, including the existence and speed of emergency services, the existence of a disaster plan and the ability to defend infrastructure against cyber attacks, the report added.
Nigeria’s largest city Lagos was termed as the most insecure city, ranked at 60 with a overall score of 38.1.
Other three cities in the bottom five are Pakistan’s Karachi at 57, Myanmar’s Yangon at 58 and unrest-torn Venezuelan capital Caracas at 59.