Bangladesh and India agreed to bolster their cooperation in disaster management through sharing of each other’s experience in advanced warning, evacuation, rescue and relief operation during a meeting held on November 4 in New Delhi.
The agreement came during a meeting between Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh and visiting Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya at the home minister’s office.
Chowdhury Maya is leading Bangladesh delegation to the Asian Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction being held in New Delhi.
Bangladesh High Commissioner in India Syed Muazzem Ali and Secretary of Disaster and Relief Ministry Md. Shah Kamal were present during the meeting.
Chowdhury Maya told the Indian home minister about how Bangladesh over the years has developed an efficient system to deal with natural disasters like cyclones and floods. Bangladesh, he said, can still benefit from Indian experience in rescue and relief operation during earthquakes. He mentioned the 2001 earthquake that hit Gujarat, killing thousands.
Chowdhury Maya sought Indian help in imparting training to Bangladesh manpower especially in advanced disaster warning and rescue and relief operation in the aftermath of earthquakes.
Rajnath said his country was “all prepared” to provide any cooperation Bangladesh requires in further improving its capacity to tackle natural disasters and mitigate sufferings of the victims.
He said India and Bangladesh face some common natural calamities like cyclones, floods and lightning.
Rajnath thanked Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for strongly pursuing a policy of “zero tolerance” to terrorism.
India, he said, appreciates Dhaka’s firm determination not to allow its land for use by terrorists and militants.