Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Shahab Uddin said steps would be taken to excavate canals, rivers, haors and other water bodies throughout the country in order to prevent floods.
“Increasing capacity for holding water will reduce the intensity of floods. Utmost importance must be attached to environmental protection to check natural disasters,” he said.
The minister said the Prime Minister has given instruction to re-open the river channels of Surma and Kushiara. He said special measures are being taken by the government to rehabilitate the flood-affected people.
The minister called upon the affluent people to extend a helping hand to poverty-stricken people during any disaster.
Sylhet Division Journalist Association, Dhaka President Azizul Parvez presided over the meeting while Planning Minister MA Mannan was present as the chief guest.
Former Vice-Chancellor of Stamford University M Firoz Ahmed, Chief Executive of Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association Syeda Rizwana Hassan, Professor of geology at Dhaka University Kazi Matin Uddin Ahmed, General Secretary of Bangladesh Environment Movement Sharif Jamil, River and Delta Research Center-RDRC Chairman Mohammad Ejaz and President of Bangladesh Environmental Reporters Forum Kamrul Islam Chowdhury were also present on the occasion.