River swallows 5 million homes
Tuesday, 23 September 2008

River erosion affects at least three million people in Bangladesh annually, and a staggering five million have already lost their homesteads only this year, a Dhaka seminar was told Monday, reports bdnews24.com.

"Still river erosion is not considered as a disaster," said disaster management expert Naim Gouhor Wahra, who presented the statistics speaking at a workshop titled "Climate change: Facing the challenge together".
EU ambassador in Dr. Stefan Frowein, speaking as chief guest, promised support for Bangladesh's climate strategy launched in London two weeks ago.
Koen Duchatary, another official at the EU mission in Dhaka, said in his presentation that the EU produced 14 percent of global emission.
"(But) the European Union (EU) could not solve the climate change problem alone. It was a global, borderless problem requiring a global solution.
"Climate change has become a political agenda. It should be included in intergovernmental discussions," he said.
Dr. K A S Murshid, research director of BIDS, delivered the address of welcome at the programme, organized by the Institute of Media and Communication Studies in cooperation with the EU mission in Dhaka.

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