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11 March, 2019 10:18:38 AM
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Unplanned urbanisation decried as Dhaka vulnerable to tremors

Disaster Preparedness Day observed in capital
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, DHAKA
Unplanned urbanisation decried as Dhaka vulnerable to tremors

Unplanned urbanisation may lead to heavy casualties from even a medium-type earthquake in Bangladesh. The country is considered one of the most vulnerable to quakes across the world, given its geographical location, global warming and climate change. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s political adviser, HT Imam, came up with these observations while addressing a programme of the disaster management and relief ministry, organised to observe ‘Disaster Preparedness Day’ at the officers’ club in the city yesterday (Sunday).

The senior secretary in the ministry, Md. Shah Kamal, chaired the programme while the state minister for disaster management and relief, Dr Enamur Rahman, the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the disaster management and relief ministry, AB Tajul Islam, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society chairman Hafiz Ahmed Majumder, MP, the ministry’s additional secretary Md. Mohsin, the director-general of the department of disaster management, Abu Syed Md. Hashim, and the director-general of the fire services department, Ali Ahmed Khan, also spoke on the occasion.

Dubbing traffic congestion in the country a ‘disaster’, Imam urged the volunteers of the Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) to work to reduce traffic hazards in the country. He said people are constructing their establishments in an unplanned manner, which poses a serious threat for the nation and may cause natural disasters and may also lead to heavy casualties during disasters.

“I think traffic congestion in the country has now reached the level of a disaster. At present, there are about 47 lakh CPP volunteers across the country. They are working relentlessly to tackle various natural disasters. Our volunteers play a vital role during disasters. I urged them to play a role to eliminate the country’s traffic congestion,” Imam said.

He further said the government has procured various kinds of modern mechanical equipment to face any kind of disaster in the country.

KK

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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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