Terming Bangladesh a disaster-prone country, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged all concerned to strictly follow the building code and construct disaster-resilient buildings.
The Prime Minister came up with the directive while presiding over a meeting of the National Disaster Management Council (NDMC) at her office yesterday.
After the meeting, Prime Minister’s press secretary Abul Kalam Azad briefed reporters.
He said the meeting held elaborate discussions on various aspects of disaster management issues as well as the ongoing progress of the decisions taken in NDMC’s previous meeting.
Mentioning Bangladesh as an example in tackling various disasters, including natural calamities, the Prime Minister said many countries across the world now follow Bangladesh when it comes to disaster management.
In this regard, she said, Bangladesh once had a bad name as a disaster-prone country, but now the image has changed as the country now tackles disasters efficiently.
Sheikh Hasina said the people of Bangladesh will have to learn how to survive facing natural calamities and called for planting such trees that are tolerant to disasters and help protect embankments.
The Prime Minister said her government has identified the problems in disaster management and formulated a law in this regard.
Laying importance on keeping options for adequate ventilation while constructing buildings and establishments, she said all such facilities should be maintained in proper ways in all structures to ensure a safe and healthy atmosphere.
At the meeting, the Prime Minister gave necessary directives and guidelines on various aspects of disaster management.
The meeting also discussed the issues of coordination of development activities with earthquake and city disaster management and the observance of the International Disaster Reduction Day on October 13.
Home Minister Dr Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, Food Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque, Disaster Management Minister AH Mahmud Ali and State Minister for Public Works Advocate Abdul Mannan Khan attended the meeting. Secretaries concerned, including Cabinet Secretary M Musharraf Hussain Bhuiyan, were also present.