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Speakers at a programme on Wednesday said work on models of flood and earthquake preparedness is being carried out well in Bangladesh and successful implementation of those models will help reduce the loss of lives and properties.

The models were presented at a national workshop held at BIAM Multi-purpose Hall in the capital on the day in presence of over 70 disaster management practitioners from government, UN, INGO, NGO and Academia.

In his speech as the chief guest, Md Mohsin, Secretary, Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, said that the new era of disaster management has started.  

“We are blending science, technology and local knowledge for effective disaster risk management. The models will add value to our efforts towards resilience. Bangladesh is advancing towards disaster resilience of all major hazards. Proactive initiatives to earthquake contingency plan for communities and establishment of flood early warning system at flood prone areas will serve thousands of vulnerable communities.”

Khurshid Alam, Assistant Resident Representative of UNDP emphasised on ‘disaster management graduation’ as an integral part of poverty graduation towards middle income country.

Speakers of the workshop saw huge potentials of dynamic flood risk model which has been already demonstrated in Kurigram and Jamalpur last year by UNDP’s National Resilience Programme with technical support from Institute of Water and Flood Management of BUET.

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