Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Bangladesh and India have agreed to exchange advance weather forecast message to take early precautionary measures before arrival of any natural calamities.
Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said this while addressing at a press briefing at the Department of Disaster Management in Dhaka on Friday.
He attended the Asian Ministerial Conference at New Delhi held from November 2-5.
The outcome of mutual cooperation has come after a bilateral meeting between Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowhdury Maya and Jabed Ahmed Khan of West Bengal on November 8 at Kolkata after the conference.
Besides, India and Bangladesh also agreed to take coordinated approach to protect the largest mangrove forest of the world -Sundarban from any environmental disaster considering it as a “defender” of devastating cyclone and tidal surge, according to the minister.
Meeting decided both the countries will send delegate to work on the affairs.
He also said the exchange of weather forecast message would help to take precautionary measures against the severe natural disasters like earth quake, cyclone, thunderstorm and flood.
Disaster and Relief Secretary Shah Kamal, Director General of the Department of Disaster Management Reaz Ahmed and senior ministry officials, among others, were present at the press briefing.
The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held to make the disaster management system sustainable for the Asian countries in light of Sendai framework.
The conference adopted a political declaration and formulated a regional action plan on disaster management. The next conference will be held at Mongolia in 2018.