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Bangladesh seeks UN support for earthquake preparedness

Tuesday, 04 July 2023 | 4:20 am | 322 times

Bangladesh seeks UN support for earthquake preparedness

The government has requested the UN to help raise public awareness about earthquake preparedness to make more open spaces in cities around Bangladesh.

Foreign Minister Dr. A. K. Abdul Momen made the request while meeting the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative (SRSG) on Disaster Risk Reduction Mami Mizutori at his office on Monday.

The foreign minister reaffirmed the country’s commitment to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, while the SRSG commended the government’s contributions to the Framework’s mid-term stocktaking exercise.

SRSG Mizutori also confirmed the UN’s readiness to work together with the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief on developing an earthquake modeling for the whole of Bangladesh.

Foreign Minister underscored the importance of early warning particularly for flash floods in the north-eastern part of Bangladesh.

The UN Special Representative offered support for conducting a gap analysis for the country with a view to mobilizing international financing for further strengthening the multi-hazard early warning system.

The UN head for disaster risk reduction urged Bangladesh to share some of the country’s best practices with other disaster-prone countries.

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