Expediting disaster preparedness progs for lowering risk stressed
GAIBANDHA, Dec 7: Speakers in a function here on Wednesday underscored the need for expediting disaster preparedness programmes among the people and making them well equipped for lowering the risk of natural calamities in the country.
They also expressed their view that early preparedness activities undertaken by the people of disaster prone areas could undoubtedly reduce the loss of lives and properties during any disaster period.
They made the comments while addressing a roundtable meeting on disaster preparedness and doings at the auditorium of Zila Parishad in the town on Wednesday afternoon.
Sinnomul Mohila Samity (SMS), a reputed NGO, organised the function in cooperation with ELNA project of SKS Foundation and Oxfam Bangladesh while Chief Executive Officer of Zila Parishad MAKS Mahbubur Rahman presided over the ceremony.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Gautam Chandra Pal addressed the meeting as chief guest while Civil Surgeon Dr. Abdus Shakur, Deputy Director (DD) of the Department of Agriculture Extension AKM Ruhul Amin and Additional Police Super Abdullah Al Faruk were present as special guests.
Moderated by District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer AKM Idris Ali, the meeting was also addressed, among others, by District Livestock Officer Dr. Abdul Latif, Executive Engineer of the Department of Public Health Engineering Aminul Islam Chowdhury, DD of the Department of Family Planning Dewan Morshed Kamal, District Primary Education Officer Aminul Islam Mondal, DD of the Department of Youth Department Tofael Ahmed, Extension Officer of Bangladesh Water Development Board Shafiqur Rahman and journalist Sarker M. Shahiduzzaman.
Flood, river erosion, cold wave and drought are the main natural calamities of the district and every year the disasters visited the district creating untold sufferings to the affected people, the speakers said. In recent years, earth quake, one of the major hazards, had also been newly added to the fleet of the disaster making the people of the northern region of the country more worried, they added.
Earlier, Executive Director of SMS Morshedur Rahman Khan made a welcome speech and gave an overall scenario of disaster in the district.
DC Gautam Chandra Pal in his speeches put emphasis on disseminating education, training and knowledge among the rural people, especially living in the disaster-prone areas, through GO-NGO coordinated efforts to reduce disaster-losses and subsequent efficient management systems.
The DC also underscored the need for creating much awareness among the affected people of the district about disaster and its bad effect and enhancing the people's resilience capacity to face any catastrophe successfully.
A large number of people including district and upazila level officials, heads of academic institutions, union parishad chairmen, representatives of different NGOs and journalists took part in the meeting.