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10 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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International Disaster Preparedness Day

In the recent years, Bangladesh has shifted its disaster management emphasis to a broader framework

In spite of a small core of dedicated and interest-driven naysayers, climate change has now proven to be incontrovertibly behind the sustained surge in the incidence of natural disasters. Like the rest of the world Bangladesh too has become increasingly prone to natural calamities, but we have never seemed ready for such emergencies.

In the recent years, Bangladesh has shifted its disaster management emphasis from a response and relief focus to a broader and more encompassing risk management framework. Now the government plays a comprehensive role in disaster management through an elaborate regulatory, policy and institutional framework. Bangladesh’s regulative framework for disaster management provides for the relevant legislative, policy and best practice framework under which the activity of disaster risk reduction and emergency management in Bangladesh is managed and implemented.

The Disaster Management Act is the legislative framework under which disaster risk reduction and emergency response management is undertaken and the legal basis on which activities and actions are managed. The National Disaster Management Policy states the national policy on disaster risk reduction and emergency response management, and describes the strategic policy framework, and national principles of disaster management in Bangladesh. It is strategic in nature and describes the broad national objectives, and strategies in disaster management.

The National Plan for Disaster Management broadly outlines the systemic and institutional mechanisms under which disaster risk reduction and emergency response management is undertaken in Bangladesh. It mentions disaster management vision, strategic goals and conceptual framework and identifies priority areas for disaster risk reduction and emergency response management. The Standing Orders on Disaster outlines the disaster management arrangements in Bangladesh and describes in detail the roles and responsibilities of committees,

Over the years, Bangladesh has earned good name and international recognition for efficient management of disasters. In many cases, it is mentioned as a role model for others in managing disaster situations of varied nature. However, the disaster management system of the country needs further development. For this purpose, more focused initiatives are needed for increasing the capacity of the concerned government agencies. Education and training programmes in related areas especially for officials working on disaster management are required. This will help in developing professionalism of the disaster management system. There is a new challenge in the wake of the climate change. Bangladesh has resource constraints both human and material. New technologies are emerging to combat disaster situation and minimise its negative impacts on lives, assets and properties and above all livelihood of the disaster affected people.

 

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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