Dhaka – Bangladesh will be prepared in a way that it could tackle promptly any disaster, man-made or natural, as the South Asian country managed to improve remarkably its disaster-management mechanism.
“Bangladesh will always remain prepared to tackle any sort of disaster manmade or natural disaster. That’s what we need,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday.
Hasina made the remarks while addressing an event at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) marking the International Day for Disaster Reduction.
Disaster Management and Relief Ministry organised the event with the theme ‘Reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services’.
Bangladesh’s geographical location has made it prone to various natural disaster, and its people will have to live with them, said the Prime Minister asking the officials concerned to take appropriate steps to avoid losses of lives and property.
She said Bangladesh is now a role model in disaster management along with development in the world. Hasina also referred to her government’s efforts in disaster management in the past years.
She said Bangladesh achieved a great success in reducing risk and losses of lives and property caused by cyclone, flood, drought and earthquake.
State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Md Enamur Rahman, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Disaster Management and Relief Ministry AB Tajul Islam and Senior Secretary of the Ministry Shah Kamal, among others, spoke on the occasion.
Two disaster resilient house owners expressed their gratitude to the prime minister for making them such abode. The government has built 11,604 disaster resilient houses for the victims of such natural calamity.
The Prime Minister also distributed Cyclone Preparedness Program (CPP) Award among three out of 82 best volunteers for their contributions to disaster management.