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Monday, 14 January 2008

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Students of the city's four high schools on Saturday pleaded for formulating a long-term disaster preparedness programme to face the natural calamities as well as their aftermath in the country.

In this respect, they suggested regional cooperation in different parts of the country side by side with coordinated efforts of both the government and non-government organisations to effectively tackle any kind of disaster by making the best use of local resources.

The students made their suggestions at a debate competition, held in Public Works Department auditorium with the director of the Disaster Management Bureau, Mohamamd Abu Sadeque, in the chair.

The debate, held in two sessions with focus upon 'awareness on risk reduction of disaster' was organised by the advocacy component of Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme under the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management and the Debate for Democracy.

Topics of the debate were: Not Relief but risk-reduction programme can increase capacity for disaster management, and effective disaster management is impossible without regional cooperation.

Holly Cross School and College and Dhaka Cantonment Girls' Public School and College took part in the first session, while Shaheed Bir Uttam Lieutenant Anwar Girls' School and College and St. Joseph High School and College contested in the session.

The University Grants Commission chairman, Professor Nazrul Islam, was present as chief guest at the function, also attended by CDMP senior project expert SM Murshed and teachers, students and their guardians, and civil society members.

The students called for more such debates in all educational institutions from school to university and also at madrassahs to aware the young learners about the natural calamities and their consequences.

This will help us make up ourselves befitting enough to face such a situation in future, they said.

As the women are the worst sufferers in such situation, they urged the government to include this important section of the society in the process of formulating policies for disaster management.

They hailed the Bangladesh Army as well as those worked in the Sidr-hit districts for their well-coordinated efforts in mitigating the sufferings of the cyclone survivors in the south-eastern coastlines.

They urged the government to build more shelters for the people and also for the domestic animals in all the coastal districts.

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