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Bangladesh excels in disaster management: Experts

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 25 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh excels in disaster management: Experts

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Experts at a programme on Sunday said that Bangladesh has proved its excellence in dealing with natural disaster.

It is necessary to lay emphasis on developing infrastructure for a climate resilient community in coastal belt, as Bangladesh is in third position in terms of vulnerability of disaster, they said.

They were addressing a roundtable discussion at the head office of the daily Kaler Kantho at Bashundhara Residential Area in the capital.

Disaster Management Secretary Md Mohsin was the chief guest. Dhaka University Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Maksud Kamal and renowned climate expert Prof Ainun Nishat were also present at the meeting jointly organised by the daily Kaler Kantho and US-AID.

East West Media Group Ltd (EWMGL) Director Imdadul Haq Milan conducted the session while Kaler Kantho acting Editor Shahed Mohammad Ali made the address of welcome.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Md Mohsin said foreigners always appreciate the courageous role of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for fighting climate change effect.

USAID Mission Engineer Mahabub Zaman said that USAID has built more than 700 cyclone shelters in the coastal areas of Bangladesh in the last 20 years.

“In recent years, the US government, through USAID, has been rebuilding 96 existing cyclone shelters to increase the resilience of coastal population to cope with natural disasters so that they can be used as both safe havens and schools. In addition, the US government is building 25 new multi-purpose disaster shelters.”

Disaster Management Department Director General Atiqul Haque, Institute of Disaster Management and Vulnerability Director Khondoker Mokaddam Hossain and Red Crescent Society Secretary General Feroz Salahuddin also spoke on the occasion.