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Preparedness key to reduce disaster risks, say speakers

48Speakers at a discussion meeting in the city yesterday underlined the need for preparedness to reduce the risks of natural disaster. They also laid importance on public awareness and modernised training to protect lives, livelihood and resources of millions of people across the country during natural calamity. The discussion on ‘National Disaster Preparedness Day-2015′ was held at the conference room of the Deputy Commissioner’s office.

The chief guest noted that public awareness will not only save the  people exposed to natural disasters in various forms but also will pave the way for sustainable development of the country. The commissioner said that the south-western coastal belt of Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone zones in the world where storm, cyclone, tidal surge, drought, river erosion and water-logging are now common. Due to climate change impacts, the frequency and intensity of disasters are increasing, threatening lives and livelihood.

He also stressed educational institution-based activities to promote a culture of safety in the society about disaster management. Sylhet district administration arranged a massive programme to celebrate the day including rally, discussion meeting and procession. The theme of the day this year is ‘Let us know science-based information and bring down losses of disaster.’

ADC Merajul Islam, Sadar UNO Mir Mahbubur Rahamn, Jurnalist Aftab Chowdhury were present as special guests.  ADC of Sylhet Md Nurul Haque presided over the function.  Muflejur Rahman delivered the address of welcome. Earlier, to mark the day, the district administration brought out a procession from the Circuit House that paraded the main city streets and terminated in front of the DC office.