Health Desk—October 13, 2017: The International Day for Disaster Reduction- 2017 is being observed in the country on Friday as elsewhere in the world in line with this year theme "Home Safe Home".
The Disaster Management and Relief Ministry, different government, non-government organizations and communities have chalked out different programmes to mark the day.
A discussion meeting, organized by Disaster Management and Relief Ministry, will be held at 10 am at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital. Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury (Maya) Bir Bikram will be present as the chief guest.
The ministry, Disaster Management Department, Fire Service and Civil Defence and different NGOs, working on disaster preparedness has been displaying their activities at a daylong fair on the premises of Osmani Memorial.
Word councilors of different wards under both North and South City Corporations took different community-based programmes in their respective areas to mark the day.
Besides, the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry took different programmes at district and upazila level across the country in collaboration with local administrations.
According to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters. This year's focus is "Reducing the number of affected people by disasters by 2030".