Dhaka has ranked as the fifth least safe city in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Safe Cities Index 2019, marking an upgrade from the previous index.
Dhaka positioned 3rd from the bottom in the Unit’s Safe Cities Index 2017.
The four other cities that have fallen behind Dhaka are: Karachi, Yangon, Caracas, and Lagos respectively.
The top five in the index are: Tokyo, Singapore, Osaka, Amsterdam and Sydney.
The Economist Intelligence Unit, sponsored by NEC Corporation maintains a regularly updated index to assess the relevant strengths and weaknesses of leading cities worldwide.
This publication accompanies the release of the SCI-2019, its third edition, which covers 60 major cities under four broad pillars: Digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security.
Dhaka scored comparatively better this year under Personal security pillar, positioning 6th last and poorer under Infrastructure security pillar, positioning 2nd from the bottom.
Asia-Pacific cities dominated the top 10, with Tokyo (1st), Singapore(2nd), Osaka(3rd), Sydney(5th), Seoul(8th), and Melbourne(10th), bringing the region’s total to six spots.
The basic four pillars this year have a total of 10 new indicators, 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.