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Bangladesh becomes successful for disaster risk reduction: Maya

DHAKA, Feb 5, 2017 (BSS) - Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya today said Bangladesh has been successful in reducing disaster risk as the country is strengthening its capacity for minimizing losses of lives and property due to human-induced and natural calamities.

"With assistance of international organizations, we have been able to strengthen our disaster management capacity to make Bangladesh a disaster-resilient country," he told the 5th partnership meeting in a city hotel.

Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) is organizing the two-day meeting with its chairman Hafiz Ahmed Mazumdar in the chair.

Vice Chairman of BDRCS Prof Dr Md Habibe Millat, MP, Head of International Red Cross Committee (IRCC), Bangladesh Ikhtiyar Aslanv and Member of RCRC Standing Commission Dr Massimo Barra, disaster management experts and officials, among others, addressed the meeting.

Referring to the recent cyclones, Maya said Bangladesh has advanced remarkably in minimizing losses of lives and damages of property.

Nearly 1.38 lakh people were killed in the cyclone in 1991 while only 17 people were killed in the cyclone Mahasen in 2016, the minister added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)