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State recognition demanded for Coastal Day on Nov 12

Leaders and activists of the non-political social organization made the statement during a human-chain program organized in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka last morning

Update : 13 Nov 2019, 01:16 AM

Leaders of Bangladesh Nagorik Samaj demanded state recognition for November 12 as the “Upukul Dibas” (Coastal Day), emphasizing the security issues connected to people’s lives and belongings in the coastal regions of the country.

Leaders and activists of the non-political social organization made the statement during a human-chain program organized in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka last morning.

Speakers during the program urged maximum effort be put for the protection of disaster-prone regions due to climate change as it was in the best interest of the country; it cannot hope to progress by neglecting the national crisis.

Ashish Kumar Dey, senior journalist and general secretary of the National Committee to Protect Shipping, Road and Railways, and Tushar Rehman, secretary-general of Citizen Rights Movement spoke in favour of the demand and supported the movement.

Coastal Day was observed in 16 districts including the capital for the third consecutive year. The day is being observed since 2017, to remember the victims who were killed in a devastating tidal surge on this day in 1970. 

According to the unofficial record over 1 million people of coastal areas were killed in the disaster, whereas, the official record puts the death toll at 500,000. 

In the report published in May last year about the top five weather and climate events around the world, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) listed the storm of 1970 in Bangladesh as one of the most fatal in its history.

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