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Coastal people demand to declare November 12 as ‘Coastal Day’

Tarikul Islam, Khulna: The 50th anniversary of ‘Bhola Cyclone’, commemoration of the victims of the cyclone and the proposed Coastal Day have been celebrated in Shyamnagar, Satkhira by demanding the declaration of ‘Coastal Day’ on November 12.

On Thursday (November 12) morning, a rally was held on the 14th Bridge in Shyamnagar with the slogan ‘Let there be a day for the coast, let there be a strong demand for coastal protection’.

Under the banner of Action Aid, Coastal Youth Action Hub, Youthnet for Climate Justice, Bangladesh Model Youth Parliament and Gabura Welfare Society, Mangrove Student Society, Southern Charity Foundation and Humanity First the claim was made.

Speakers at the rally said that there is endless potential on the coast of Bangladesh. The large population of the coast is making a major contribution to the national economy. Despite this, about 50 million people on the coast are at extreme risk. This risk is increasing day by day as a result of climate change. Many coastal areas have remained unprotected for centuries.

The speakers further said that it is time to declare a day for the protection of the health of the coastal people. If Coast Day is declared, the importance of the coast will increase in various quarters including the policy makers of the government, development partners, media. This will establish the protection of the coast and the rights and justice of the people there. Speakers called on the government to immediately declare November 12 as Coastal Day.

Muhtaram Billah, former president of Mangrove Student Society, conducted the program under the supervision of Shahin Billah, coordinator of Youthnet for Climate Justice Satkhira unit. President of Satkhira Student Society Sheikh Shakil Hossain, President of Mangrove Student Society Ariful Islam, Tanvir Mehedi Nannu, Atiyar Rahman, Afzal Hossain, Mustafa Al-Amin, Abu Taher, Abdul Quader, Sadia Sultana, Abu Raihan, Amanullah Aman spoke on the metting.

Earlier, a rally was held in different parts of Gabura and Padmapukur in Shyamnagar, which is considered as the most climate-risky area in Bangladesh with the same demand.

Incidentally, the ‘Bhola Cyclone’, which formed in the Bay of Bengal on 12 November 1970, hit the coast. According to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Cyclone Bhola is one of the deadliest storms in the history of the world.

On the other hand, a discussion meeting has been held in Koyra upazila of Khulna with the same demand. On Thursday (November 12) at 9 am a rally and meeting was held at the corner of Bedkashi Collegiate School in Koyra.

Mahmudul Hasan Badshah, founder of Bedkashi Blood Donor Club, conducted the program. Ayub Ali, President of Humanity Wave Organization, Sardar Abu Hasan, President of Hello Bedkashi, Dr. Monirul Islam, Abu Hena, Mosharraf, Ismail, Baharul, Azim, Mahfuz, Raihan, Sohag, Rasel and others spoke on the occasion.

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