DHAKA Speakers at a roundtable discussion today laid
emphasis on creating mass awareness about lightning strikes to minimize the
casualties and damages in the country.
They said it is not so easy to manage protection from such a quick hazard
and that's why people should be convinced through awareness campaign to stay
at safe place during the thunderstorms.
Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB) organised the discussion
at its auditorium with the working journalists to hear their experiences and
observation to formulate recommendations to be placed before the government.
According to the statistics, Bangladesh is now become one of the top
affected countries of lightning strikes. The world has registered the
increased number of lightning strikes by 50 percent while Bangladesh has
witnessed more than two folds of the numbers in recent times.
Md Yakub Hossain Shikder, research fellow and director of IDEB study and
research cell, and Md Monir Hossain, research fellow of IDEB study and
research cell, made separate key note presentations and recommendations to
escape the casualties and damages by lightning strikes.
With IDEB President AKMA Hamid in the chair, Bangladesh Climate Change
Journalist Forum (BCJF) President and Daily Janakantha City Editor Kawser
Rahman, its General Secretary and Daily Bartoman Chief Reporter Motahar
Hossain, Channel i Senior News Editor Aditya Shahin, GTV Chief Reporter Raju
Ahmed, UNB Senior Staff Correspondent Masud Ul Haque and few others took part
in the discussion.
The discussants said people should be encouraged to install lightning rods
in their houses, which could reduce potential damages from the strikes.
Besides, they urged the engineers to develop low cost system so that the
farmers could protect themselves from the lightning strikes during the work
in the field. Among the victims, 74 percent are farmers.
In the welcome speech, Shamsur Rahman said their association has been
conducting research activities through IDEB Research and Study Cell and
already placed different recommendations to the government regarding
IDEB President said currently they are preparing recommendation to minimize
the casualties and damages by the lightning strikes and hoped to place it
before the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina soon.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)