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10 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Staying prepared for any disasters

Staying prepared for any disasters

Today is the National Disaster Preparedness Day. With the aim of disaster preparedness at all level, Bangladesh will celebrate the day with the theme of ‘the world and country will know that Bangladesh is ready to face the disaster’ where the stakeholders from the Government of Bangladesh, civil society forums, disaster practitioners and the community based organisations are participating. Bangladesh is a disaster-prone country, the geographical settings and various other anthropogenic features make the country vulnerable to frequent and devastating natural disasters. Due to rapid expansion of urbanisation, covered by over 230 rivers, 580 kilometres of exposed coast lines, increasing trend of population and impact of climate change, an increased number of disaster events are occurring characterised by small scale to large scale. As a result, Bangladesh frequently suffers from devastating floods, cyclones, storm surges, tornados, cold wave, riverbank erosion and drought. The country’s precarious perch in between two tectonic plates exposes it to devastating earthquakes in near future.

Over the years Bangladesh has earned international reputation in tackling disaster and post situations, particularly natural calamities whose consequences cannot be predicted till after they hit us, although their imminence can be forecast with some degree of accuracy. Bangladesh has successfully formulated and enacted disaster management act, policies, plans, standing orders and appropriate institutional framework for implementation. But we can always reduce the aftereffects or recuperate from the disaster faster if we are prepared for that at all times. And we have displayed this several times in the recent past. What however is more difficult is the one that is always unpredictable till it occurs, like an earthquake. And that is what must occupy the minds of the planners.

Disaster readiness calls for appropriate preparation at all levels including training of not only volunteers or government agency staff, but also the people because much of the success in implementing the management programme would depend on how much the people are prepared in every respect—not only to overcome the consequences of natural disasters but also to reduce the risk of the manmade ones. We are happy to note the huge investment that the government has made in terms of equipment procurement. But along with that, intensive awareness programmes should be launched. And this as a subject that should also be included in school curriculum.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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