International Day for Disaster Reduction will be observed in the country as elsewhere in the world for raising mass awareness to reduce disaster risk.
‘Women and girls-the invisible force of resilience’ have been selected as the theme of the day to encourage female participation in the disaster risk reduction programmes for effectively minimizing disaster risk.
“We are going to observe the International Day for Disaster Reduction tomorrow giving due importance on disaster management to create awareness among all levels of people,” Disaster Management and Relief Minister AH Mahmud Ali told a press briefing at Press Information Department (PID) here.
Secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief Dr M Aslam Alam, Principal Information Officer of PID Aminul Islam and Director of Bangladesh Meteorological Department Arjumand Habib, among others, were present on the occasion.
In a written speech, the minister said the day’s programme will begin through brining out a rally at 8am from Central Shahid
Minar to Osmani Smriti auditorium premises.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to attend the inaugural function of the day at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre tomorrow.
“Earthquake preparation programmes will be held in primary and secondary schools at upazila and district level. Earthquake
preparation programmes also will be held at 408 secondary schools on October 14 in the city”.
Bangladesh has turned into a model country in the field of disaster management, Mahmud said adding, “We should make the achievement sustainable and strong through taking effective measures.”
Referring to different initiatives taken by the present government, he said a total of 50,000 volunteers have been trained for minimizing risk during cyclone.
The minister said the area stretching across Pakistan, India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh is a hotbed for seismic activity due
to the development of young Himalayan mountainous belt in the region.
The minister said the present government has given top priority on the preparedness to face earthquake.
The government has taken a plan to raise 62,000 strong urban based volunteers for rescue operation. Of them, 13,500 have
already been imparted training, he added.