PM for disabled in disaster management
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the international community yesterday with a note of happiness and pride that it should follow Bangladesh in including physically challenged people in disaster risk management process.
"Bangladesh did it...we want all to do that," she said while inaugurating the three-day 2nd International Conference on Disability and Disaster Risk Management at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the city. "We've prepared a complete guideline outlining the 'to-do' list during natural calamities," she said explaining that her government was ready to face any disaster taking lessons from the past experiences.
The premier added that Bangladesh was known as a role model of disaster management and was now moving towards building resilience to combat recurring natural calamities.
The conference has been designed with the key objectives of sharing knowledge and experience as well as identifying future actions for inclusive implementation of the disability and disaster risk management plans, she added.
Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Mofazzal Hosssain Chowdhury Maya presided over the function while secretary of the ministry Shah Kamal gave welcome address.Monthian Buntan, member of Royal Thai parliament and member of the UN international committee on rights of the persons with disabilities delivered the keynote speech.
Some 110 experts from 22 countries are attending the conference arranged by Disaster Management and Relief Ministry."We all are committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and its targets by 2020. We're implementing all the developmental activities, including of disaster management for all people, irrespective of gender, ethnicity, excluded group like persons with disabilities," she said.
Some 4,088 storm shelters and 255 flood shelters have been constructed during last the nine and a half years all over the country to reduce disaster risk. Besides construction of 220 storm shelters is going on, she added.The Prime Minister mentioned that construction of 422 flood shelters and 66 relief godowns was underway.
A video on disability and disaster management was screened. Kajol Rekha, a disaster victim and president of self-help group of persons with disabilities and member of disaster management committee of Sreepur under Sundargonj upazila in Gaibandha district also spoke on the occasion.
UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh Mia Seppo read out the special appreciation from Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction UNISDR. A video presentation was screened on disaster management in Bangladesh.
Ms Saima Wazed Hossain, International Focal Point, Advisory Group on DIDRM, Bangladesh and WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Autism in South-East Asia Region was also present.