Dhaka, Bangladesh
Collective efforts for disaster reduction a must

Collective efforts for disaster reduction a must

RAJSHAHI, Oct 18: Speakers at a discussion unanimously stressed the need for boosting-up public awareness and modernised training to protect life, livelihood and resources of millions of vulnerable people across the country. It will not only save vulnerable people exposed to natural disasters in various forms but also pave the way for sustainable development of the country, the speakers added. They viewed the rate of disaster risks is gradually mounting due to various natural and man-made calamities. So, there is no alternative to collective efforts of all government and non-government organizations in this regard, reports BSS. District Administration and Department of Disaster Management jointly organised the discussion in Luxmipur Girls High School in observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction-2019 here recently. "Build to Last" was the main theme of the day. To mark the day, district administration brought out a colourful procession from Monibazar Crossing that paraded the main streets of the city and concluded in the meeting venue. A good number of government and non-government officials, political leaders, NGO personalities, civil society members, city elites, journalists and a large number of city dwellers took part in the procession with placards to create awareness among the people about how to reduce disaster risk. In his address of welcome, District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Md Aminul Haque gave an overview of the country's disaster situation and its mitigation activities. Deputy Commissioner Hamidul Haque, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Education and ICT) Nazrul Islam, Deputy Director of Fire Service and Civil Defence Nurul Islam, District Child Affairs Officer Monzurul Kadir and Brac District Representative Jahedul Islam addressed the discussion.

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