Saturday, August 18, 2018 | ePaper
Seminar on lightning, thunderstorm held at MIST
With a view to increasing awareness on lightning disaster, a daylong seminar and workshop was held on Thursday at Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) in the city. Electric, Electronic and Communication Engineering (EECE) Department of MIST organised the programme titled "Lightning and Thunderstorm: Forecasting, Awareness and Protection", said an ISPR press release. Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharrof Hossain addressed the programme as the chief guest while Major General Md Abul Khair, ndc, P Engg, Commandant, MIST was the chief patron of the seminar. The speakers said lightning is identified as one of the major causes of weather-related deaths. It was declared as a natural disaster in Bangladesh in 2016 when 81 people lost their lives in just two days, they added. They mentioned that occurrences of lightning disasters have increased due to climate change in recent years.
The programme consisted of technical talks for spreading awareness and knowledge of prevention and protection from natural disasters caused by lightning, followed by a workshop.
The primary objective of the seminar was to impart knowledge so that one can understand the significance of lightning protection and take necessary steps accordingly.