Mohammad Abdul Qayyum

The writer is an Additional Secretary and National Project Director, Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDMP II), Ministry of Disaster Management & Relief, Government of Bangladesh. Email: [email protected]

Disaster risk reduction

The devastating Bhola Cyclone that struck Bangladesh in 1970, then known as East Pakistan, was an example of our helplessness in the face of deadly natural disasters.

Disaster management in Bangladesh: Reducing vulnerabilities

Bangladesh experienced over 200 natural disasters since 1980, leaving a total death toll of approximately 200,000 people and causing economic loss worth nearly $17 billion.


In addressing disaster risk we need both modern and traditional knowledge and tools to ensure cost effective, culturally acceptable, contextualised and sustainable solutions. Knowledge sharing is a two way street.