Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that as a result of our government’s investment in disaster risk management, development of disaster forecasting management, establishment of new shelters, preparedness before disaster, the use of modern technology and the dedicated efforts of volunteers in rescue operations, it has been possible to reduce the number of casualties and property lost in natural disasters to single digits. As a result, Bangladesh has become a model in disaster management.
He said these things in a message given on the occasion of the “International Day for Disaster Mitigation 2022” Thursday, October 13.
The Prime Minister said that if effective measures are taken before disaster strikes based on early warning messages, the potential damage from the disaster can be greatly reduced.
He said that since 2009, we have greatly reduced the loss of people’s lives and property by adopting the “advanced management” program of the traditional “post-disaster response management”. Interactive Voice Response (IVR) 1090 (toll-free) system was launched on mobiles for disaster early warning messages and daily weather messages.
The Prime Minister said he was glad to know that the “International Day for Disaster Mitigation 2022” is being celebrated in Bangladesh as in other countries around the world. He considered the theme of the day “Early warning and early action for all” to be meaningful and timely.
Sheikh Hasna said that currently, to deal with flash floods and reduce damage, through remote sensing, GIS, radar, analysis of imagery and satellite data, it is possible to give messages of warning about flood forecast and flood stability 3-5 days before flood. By using advanced mathematical models with modern technology, it becomes possible to forecast and provide warning messages about cyclones and lightning.
The Chief Minister said that our government has so far constructed about 4,200 multi-purpose cyclone shelters on the coast, 423 flood shelters in flood-prone areas and 550 Mujib forts across the country. We have extended and modernized the “Mujib Killa” to make it a safe and sustainable refuge for humans and animals. Our government’s investment in disaster risk management, the development of disaster preparedness management, the creation of new shelters, disaster preparedness, the use of modern technology and the dedicated efforts of volunteers in rescue operations reduced to single digits. As a result, Bangladesh has become a model in disaster management.
He said, Nation Father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is the pioneer of disaster risk reduction program. In independent Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib established the Cyclone Preparedness Program (CPP) in 1973, a voluntary organization aimed at disseminating early warning messages to people in coastal areas to reduce disaster risk. He built ‘Mujib Qilla’ to protect lives and property from cyclones. Following in the footsteps of the Father of the Nation, the Awami League government is implementing various programs to reduce disaster risk.
In 1997, his government was the first to formulate the Disaster Regulations specifying the actions of grassroots public and private actors to protect human life and the environment in the event of a disaster. These decrees have been updated in 2010 and 2019. The “Delta-2100 Plan” was adopted with special emphasis on disaster management.
He wished the success of all the programs undertaken on the occasion of the ‘International Day for Disaster Mitigation-2022’, hoping that everyone would be aware of their respective positions in disaster risk management to reduce the damage of disasters and build the golden Bangladesh of the father of the nation’s dream by 2041.