Integrated efforts for disaster preparedness stressed

Published : 11 Mar 2023 07:49 PM | Updated : 11 Mar 2023 07:49 PM

Speakers at a discussion here have said integrated efforts of all the government and non-government organizations concerned can be the best way of reducing the loss of lives and assets caused by natural disasters through better management.

 Elderly peopleand children should be given priority in the activities and process of disaster reduction as they are more vulnerable to any disasters, they said.

 The speakers expressed the views at a post-rally discussion held at the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Office in Rajshahi on Friday.

 District administration organised the discussion to mark the National Disaster Preparedness Day-2023 in association with various development organisations with the theme ' 'Smart Bangladesher Protaya, Durjog Prastuti Sobsomoy''.

 DC Abdul Jalil addressed the meeting as the chief guest with Additional DC Kolyan Chowdhury in the chair.

 District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Salahuddin Al Wadud illustrated the significance of the day besides collaborative efforts to reduce the losses.

 The discussants observed that proper and effective uses of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can help to reduce the loss of lives and property caused by natural disasters.

 There is no scope of preventing occurrence of natural catastrophe but there is scope of reducing damage and other casualties through the best uses of modern technologies and communication.

 They also put forward a set of recommendations related to reducing the risks and losses caused by the disasters.

 DC Abdul Jalil highlighted the significance of the day and emphasized on good collaboration and coordination to mitigate the sufferings caused by natural disasters.

 He stressed the need for a comprehensive approach for reducing the prevailing risks of natural disaster by creating mass awareness among people.

 Apart from this, a need-oriented and realistic plan should be formulated through a wide-ranging survey and importance should be given to timely implementation of the time-befitting programmes to face the risks as early as possible.