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State minister: Plant afoot to construct mega dam along coast

  • Published at 09:27 pm November 12th, 2019
State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman
File photo of State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman Collected

The government has a plan to build 300,000 disaster-resilient houses, he said

State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman has said the government is planning to construct a mega embankment along the coast in order to protect people from natural calamities.

He made the remark at a roundtable conference titled "Grisly November 12: Sustainable Coastal Thinking," jointly arranged by Coast Foundation and Edu Aid at Dhaka's National Press Club on Tuesday.

He said: "We have devised a plan to cover our 710km coastal area with RCC moldings. If we can do this, it will protect our coastal belt from cyclones as well as rise in sea level."

The minister said the government has constructed 11,604 disaster-resilient houses for the homeless people, and the construction of 23,000 more is underway.

“We have a plan to build 300,000 disaster-resilient houses,” Dr Enamur added.

He furthered that 2,108,758 coastal residents had been evacuated to some 5,788 cyclone shelters before cyclonic storm Bulbul lashed Bangladesh early Sunday.

"In the country's history, we gave shelter to the highest number of people this time," the minister said.

He further said the government has planned to construct climate-resilient structures with its own funds, like the Padma Bridge.

Dr Enamur said the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry does not want to keep its activities limited to relief distribution. "We want to create a disaster-tolerant state in order to minimize the deaths caused by natural calamities."