Awareness could reduce casualties of lightning: speakers

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

lightning strikes.

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)