RANGPUR: Experts at a training programme here have laid emphasis on adoption of community-based early preparedness to reduce risks of natural disasters like floods in natural calamity-prone areas.
They came up with the view at the daylong programme on ‘Disaster Management Affairs Training’ that ended at Nageswari Upazila Parishad auditorium in Kurigram district on Friday afternoon, reports BSS.The Department of Disaster Management of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief organised the training programme moderated by Nageswari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Sankar Kumar Biswas.
A total of 420 participants, including chairmen and secretaries of all 15 unions and members of Union Disaster Management Committees (UDMCs) of the upazila participated in the programme.
Additional secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief and Director (Research and Training) of the Department of Disaster Management Harun Ar Rashid, its Joint Secretary Sultana Sayeeda, Director Anisur Rahman and Deputy Director (Training) Nurunnahar Chowdhury delivered presentations as resource persons.
Nageswari Upazila Parishad Chairman Abul Kashem, Upazila Project Implementation Officer Md Sirajuddowla, participating union chairmen, presidents and secretaries of the UDMCs took part in open discussions.
The resource persons narrated natural disasters like earthquake, cyclones, tsunami, droughts, floods, erosions, heavy rains and droughts and elaborated the statistics with loses of human lives and properties, way-outs and means for reducing disaster risks.
They put emphasis on creating awareness, early preparedness and efficient emergency response management systems at community levels through effective dissemination of information to minimise damages during natural disasters like floods.