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15 October, 2019 00:00 00 AM

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INTL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTIONA

Call to remain ready to tackle disasters

BSS, Gaibandha

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction-2019 was observed in the district on Sunday as elsewhere in the country and the globe with a call to remain always ready to tackle disasters during the emergencies. This year’s theme of the day was “Reduce Disaster Damage to Critical Infrastructure and Disruption of Basic Services”.

Marking the day, district administration chalked out the elaborate programmes in cooperation with Disaster Risk Management (DRM) project of BDRCS and Swiss Red Cross, brac, SKS Foundation, and GUK.

In the morning around 10 am, a grand rally led by deputy commissioner (DC) was brought out from Independence Square and ended at the campus of Gaibandha Govt.

Girls’ High School after parading the main roads of the town.

Later, a discussion was held on the significance of the day at the school campus with acting head teacher M. Jahurul Haque in the chair. Moderated by Sadar upazila project implementation officer Anisur Rahman, the function was also addressed, among others, by district relief and rehabilitation officer AKM Idris Ali, assistant commissioner SM Foyez Uddin, coordinator of DRM project Amal Kumar Pramanik, project manager of GUK Tania Islam and journalist Sarker M. Shahiduzzaman.

The speakers in their speeches said due to geographical location, Bangladesh has become one of the most disaster prone countries in the world and it experiences extreme weather conditions and disastrous hazards including flooding, river erosion, drought, cold wave, tornados, tidal surges and cyclones every year.

Bangladesh is also in the risk of newly added earthquake as it’s situated in the seismic zone. High population density, unplanned urbanization and faulty construction of buildings have intensified the risk of causalities, they also said.

The programme was followed by a mock drill on rescue operation during the fire incidents and post-earthquake on the school ground at the management of the personnel of Fire Service and Civil Defense office.

Apart from it, DC Abdul Matin formally inaugurated 225 disaster tolerant houses constructed by Ministry of the Disaster Management and Relief for the homeless of the district through unveiling a plaque at his conference room at noon as the chief guest marking the day.

Speaking at the function DC Abdul Matin in his speeches emphasized on expediting disaster preparedness and creating awareness among the people of disaster prone areas and making them well equipped in handling disaster moments to reduce the loss of lives and properties during any natural calamities in future.

 

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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