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8 December, 2017 00:00 00 AM

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Water-logging

Living amid water-logging has become a grim reality for the people of various places of the country, including the capital. Speakers at a workshop on Monday called for strengthening the resilience of the most vulnerable communities to cope with the problem citing that water-logging has become a chronic problem for the country’s southwest region.

Eliminating the perennial water-logging problem is an uphill task but urban planners think that the authorities concerned can make it possible by restoring the natural drainage network through reclaiming canals and water bodies from grabbers. Over the years, water-logging problem has assumed a formidable challenge for the successive governments.

Many canals of the country including those in the capital city have been grabbed by unscrupulous people. They have constructed residential and commercial buildings disregarding the law of the land. Rainwater flow is being obstructed due to unplanned urbanisation, construction of roads and houses and other structures occupying canals and water bodies. One-third areas of Dhaka city could not yet be brought under the coverage of drainage system for lack of canals, while the drains and storm-sewerage lines remain clogged with wastes for not cleaning those regularly. In the past Dhaka had a drainage system of canals connected with the surrounding rivers, but this natural drainage system has almost been destroyed. Besides, there are not sufficient and effective artificial drains.

Most of the areas of the capital go under knee-deep water after a heavy downpour and a moderate rain. The inhabitants bear the brunt of water-logging. The drains, culverts and box culverts have choked due to absence of care and maintenance. In fact, most of the drains are blocked with wastes as those are not cleaned timely. As a result, there is hardly any outlet for rainwater to pass. The problem of water-logging will take a catastrophic turn in future if remedial measures are not taken.

Long-term inundation caused by extreme rainfall, riverbed rising, unplanned urbanisation and blocking of drainage system for the water-logging affects the livelihoods of the marginal farmers most. What is needed is supporting the victims so that they can achieve resilient livelihoods and improved food and nutrition security. The government should revive the grabbed natural canals immediately. The choked manmade drains should be activated for free flow of rainwater. More box culverts should be constructed in the city and the existing choked ones should be cleaned. There is no alternative to improving the existing drainage system in the city. Mere utterance of platitudes will not do. Concrete action is needed.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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