POST TIME: 30 April, 2018 12:29:22 AM
Horrors of April 29 cyclone recalled

Horrors of April 29 cyclone recalled

Thirty rights based civil society organisations, NGOs and disaster networks formed a human chain to recall of the devastating cyclonic storm and tidal surge of April 29, 1991. They also demanded for prioritising disaster and climate-resilient infrastructures. They formed the human chain titled ‘Remembering devastating cyclone 29th April 1991: Govt. must prioritise disaster/climate resilient infrastructure’ in front of the National Press Club yesterday.

The human chain was jointly organised by Online Knowledge Society, ARPAN, Alok Jatra, UDDIPAN, Udayan Bangladesh, Unnayan Dhara Trust, SDO, COAST Trust, National Women Farmers Association, National Workers Alliance, Disaster Forums, Dak Diye Zai, Dwip Unnayan Sonhstha, PSI, Palli-Bangla Unnayan Sangtsha, Bangladesh Workers Federation, Bangladesh Association of Farm Labour Federation, Bangladesh Bhumihin Samity, BDPC,  Muktir Dak , Labor Resource Center, SANGRAM , CDP,  Sankalpo Trust, Nature Campaign,NIRAPAD, Prantojon and DACOP.  Mustafa Kamal Akand of COAST Trust moderated the human chain, while Shawkat Ali Tutul from the same organisation read out the position paper and the demands.

Among others, Abdul Kader Hazari of ARPAN, Subal Sarker of Bangladesh Bhumihin Samity, Zayed Iqbal Khan of Bangladesh Krishak Federation, Tajul Islam of Disaster Forum and Laila Kabir of BDPC also spoke at the human chain.  

Shawkat Ali Tutul said, last 27 years after the devastating cyclone there was a little initiative from the government to construct disaster and climate resilient infrastructures in Bangladesh.

He said, “The government has emphasised for metro rail, electricity power generation, bridges, flyovers, four-lane roads, multi-storey building, and expressways like mega projects but disaster and climate-tolerant infrastructures should get the first priority otherwise coastal and disaster prone population will lose their own inhabitant and create extra burden in the big city like Chattogram and Dhaka.”

BSS adds from CHATTOGRAM: Different socio-cultural and political organisations in Chattogram also arranged a day-long programme marking the day.

The organizations are: Upakulio Unnyan Foundation, Sandwip Association, NGO Jote, Coast Trust Association, Patenga Anti-Social Resistance Committee, World Vision Bangladesh, YPSA Chattogram City, Anwara Samity on Chattogram, Jattri Kolyan Samity and Kutubdia  Samity.