Workshop on Role of Media in Disaster Risk Reduction by Unicef
News Desk, News Nation 360 : Unicef organised a workshop with the Journalists of Kolkata to give some lessons in the role of Media in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The Workshop’s significance was fulfilled by Moumita Dastidar, Communication Specialist Unicef Office for West Bengal, Alexandra Westerback, Chief Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships Unicef India, Simachal Patnaik, Risk and Resilience Officer Unicef Office for West Bengal, Sonia Sarkar, Communication Officer Unicef India, Subhajyoti Ghosh, BBC, Jimmy Tangree, Friends FM, Mohammad Mohiuddin, Chief Unicef Office for West Bengal. According to Unicef India, Cyclones, Floods, Landslides are Drought are all annual features in the state, causing different degrees of disasters and humanitarian
challenges. Such Challenges have a serious impact on overall development mainly service delivery of different flagship programmes as well as on livelihood, resulting in a reduction in the agricultural, livestock and industrial production. West Bengal is more concerned with Agricultural Drought which is a prolonged period of abnormal moisture deficiency in different critical stages of crop growth. In West Bengal, Children constitute one-third of the total population who are vulnerable to flood,
cyclone, landslide and earthquake. The Child population (0-17) years in West Bengal constitutes 33% of the total population (29.9 Million) and adolescents (10-19) years constitute 20% (18.2 Million). By 2021, expected that the population will increase to additional 10 Million. The workshop was fulfilled with the presence of all journalists of Kolkata.
Pic : Krishnendu Kundu
Report : Anustup Kundu