Terming Bangladesh vulnerable to disasters such as earthquake, speakers at a discussion on Wednesday called for ensuring proper preparedness to minimize risks and destructions.
Earthquake preparedness (both institutional and community level) techniques help save lives and minimize destructions, they said.
Failure to ensure preparedness may culminate in huge loss of lives and properties, they mentioned at a roundtable at the conference room of East West Media Group Limited at Bashundhara in the city.
BRAC and Bangla daily Kalerkantho jointly organized the event.
State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr. Enamur Rahman attended as the chief guest, while Imdadul Haque Milon, editor of Kalerkantho, moderated it.
Md. Mohsin, Secretary of Disaster Management and Relief Ministry; Brigadier General Mohammad Sajjad Hussain, Director General of Fire Service and Civil Defence; Shamsuddin Ahmed, Director General of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD); Sajedul Hasan, Director of Humanitarian Programme of BRAC; Dr. A.S.M Maksud Kamal, Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of Dhaka; among others, spoke.