Human chain recalls Apr 29 cyclone

30 April 2016

UNB, Dhaka :
Speakers at a human chain here on Friday urged the government to take immediate steps to construct embankments to protect the coastal people and land from natural calamities.
Sixteen rights groups formed the human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club marking the devastating cyclone of April 29, 1991. The speakers also demanded immediate reformation of the Water
Development Board which is the responsible agency to construct coastal embankment. The organisations include Uddipan, Uddayan Bangladesh, Coast Trust, Grameen Jono Unnayan Sangsta, Dwip Unnayan Sangster, Nolicity Model Society, Pirojpur Gono Unnayan Somitee, and Humanity Watch.
Meanwhile, seven organisations, including Dhaka University Photographic Society, Dhaka University Environment Society, Dhaka University Cultural Society, Dhaka University Tourist Society and EquityBD jointly organised a photography exhibition at Teacher-Student Centre of Dhaka University marking the April 29 cyclone.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the exhibition, titled 'A Tale from Climate Ground Zero', DU Pro-Vice-chancellor Dr Shahid Akhtar Hossain said the government needs to use its own resources to protect the coastal people and land.
Rezaul Karim Chowdhury of CoastBD noted that the country has the capacity to undertake sustainable embankment programmes in coastal areas with its own resources, but there are hardly any political will.

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