National News Agency of Bangladesh (BSS)
Dhaka - President Zillur Rahman today expected that the authorities of municipalities and city corporations would take efficacious measures for making planned urbanization to reduce impacts of disasters.
"All mayors, elected representatives of local governments and other concerned authorities of the country should play resplendent role in disaster management," he stressed in a message ahead of the International Day for Disaster Reduction to be observed across the globe tomorrow, an official handout said here today.
"I am delighted to learn that Bangladesh is observing the International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) like other countries of the world," President Zillur Rahman said.
Mentioning that geographically Bangladesh is situated in a catastrophic region, he said the people of the country are confronting disaster challenges in their way of lives over the years. "Despite we should adopt various plans and mass- awareness programmes with a view to reducing disaster risk," he said.
Today the people are town-bound for a lot of reasons and thus urbanization is expanding, the President mentioned adding:"It is a demand of the day to reduce disaster risk in order to ensure the safety and security of the cities as well as inhabitants."
In this respect, this year's theme for the IDDR 'Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready' is very significant, the President said.
On this occasion, he urged all concerned for initiative programmes to create mass awareness across the country.