The premier will join the event virtually from Ganabhaban
On the occasion of Mujib Year, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate and lay the foundation stones of 225 facilities of the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry.
The premier is scheduled to inaugurate the facilities, virtually from Ganabhaban, on Sunday, said State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Mohammad Enamur Rahman on Saturday.
“The premier will virtually inaugurate 110 multipurpose cyclone shelters, 30 flood shelters, 30 district relief and disaster management information centres, and five Mujib Killas and will lay the foundation stone of 50 Mujib Killas across the country,” Enamur said this while addressing a press briefing.
Enamur Rahman said: “The ministry is implementing structural and infrastructural programs in a planned manner with the aim of building a disaster-resistant, sustainable and safe Bangladesh by reducing the loss of life and property in disasters.”
Mentioning that under the direction of Bangabandhu, earthen forts were built to protect people’s lives and property from cyclones and floods, which are popularly known as Mujib Killa, he also said: “In its modern form, construction, renovation, and development activities of 550 Mujib Killas’ are underway in 148 coastal and flood-hit upazilas.”
“320 multi-purpose cyclone shelters for the elderly, pregnant women, children, and the disabled have been set up in the coastal areas. About 2,56,000 endangered people and about 44,000 cattle have been provided shelter in these shelters,” he added.
He said that 230 two-storey flood shelters have been constructed for the flood-affected poor in flood-prone and river-eroded areas, which has provided shelter to about 92,000 people and 23,000 cattle.
“As a part of the immediate response to the disaster, adequate relief supplies were stockpiled and 66 district relief warehouses and disaster management information centres were set up in 64 districts to ensure that first aid supplies reach the affected people immediately after the disaster,” he said.
The state minister further said that necessary equipment including aquatic sea search-boats, marine rescue boats, megaphone sirens, equipment, and vehicles have been provided to the concerned departments including the Fire Service and Civil Defence Department and the Armed Forces Department for conducting rapid rescue and search operations in other disasters including earthquakes.
“Integrated disaster management has made it much easier to reduce the risk of poor people through these programs,” the minister said.
Secretary of the Ministry Mohammad Mohsin was present at the time of the press meet.