7.2m people affected by flood in Bangladesh

Strive to minimise the adverse impacts of climate change

Published : 12 Jul 2022 08:17 PM

Around 7.2 million people have been severely affected following devastating flash floods which began in May with a second wave starting on June 15 in nine northeastern districts of Bangladesh. Intense natural disasters have been a part of our lives for millennia. The world has experienced numerous natural calamities over the years and with climate change across the globe, the natural disasters seem to be getting severer.

Bangladesh has advanced quite a lot in disaster management. Over the years, the country has earned a good reputation as well as international recognition for efficient management of disasters. Despite its limited capabilities, the country has taken many initiatives to address climate change and spent a lot of money from its own funds. However, still we need to do a lot more to take our disaster preparedness to a higher level. Disaster management system of the country needs further development. It requires more focused initiatives for increasing the capacity of the authorities concerned, including both public and private agencies. 

As the nature 

of disasters is changing, 

we need to find innovative 

solutions to 

effectively tackle calamities

As the nature of disasters is changing, we need to find innovative solutions to effectively tackle calamities. It is not always possible to predict a disaster but if we take adequate preparation we can certainly minimise loss and damage caused by a disaster.

Our country is currently lacking resources to stand against natural disasters but with proper implementation of new technologies, we can save lives and reduce the negative impact of disasters. Moreover, a higher number of education and training programmes in disaster-prone areas should be carried out in order to develop professionalism in disaster management system. 

We need to invest more in creating awareness among general people about disaster preparedness. We should effectively utilise local knowledge about disaster management and disseminate it to a wider audience. It is time to develop our disaster management capacity to cope with the changing nature of disasters. As disaster management is a holistic process, we all must put forth our concerned efforts to tackle catastrophes.