Dhaka, October 13: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said Bangladesh is now a role model in disaster management along with development in the world as she addressed a function on International Day for Disaster Reduction.“Bangladesh became a role model not only in disaster management but also in development in the world”, she told the function at Bangabandhu International Conference Center, BSS reports.
Mentioning government’s different successes in disaster management, the premier said “Our government has achieved a great success in reducing risk and losses of lives and properties caused by cyclone, flood, drought and earthquake which earned international community’s acclamation.”
The prime minister said in July last Bangladesh hosted Dhaka meeting of the Global Commission on Adaptation, where the former Secretary General of UN declared of establishing a “Global Centre for Adaptation-Dhaka Office” as a symbol of Bangladesh’s outstanding performance to this end.
Sheikh Hasina said the people of Bangladesh will have to live facing various natural disasters due to its geographical location, adding “So, Bangladesh will always have to be ready to face any kind of man-made or natural disasters”.
The prime minister also directed concerned authorities to take necessary steps to avoid losses of lives and properties caused by natural disasters.
State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Disaster Management and Relief Ministry AB Tajul Islam and Senior Secretary of the Ministry Md 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 such 11604 houses for disaster victims.
The premier distributed Cyclone Preparedness Program (CPP) Award among three out of 82 best volunteers for their outstanding contributions to disaster management.
Earlier, a video documentary was screened describing the activities of the ministry in disaster management.