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23 July, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 July, 2019 12:23:17 AM

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Managing flood problems

Managing flood 
problems

It is worrying to note that heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely in many parts of the country, as well as in the upstream, for one week, and it may aggravate the overall flood situation across Bangladesh. In this situation, the journey of homebound passengers through the waterways on the occasion of the Eid-ul-Azha would not be comfortable.

Meanwhile, about 40 lakh people have already been marooned in 21 districts across the country.  According to meteorological sources the second week of August could witness another spell of heavy rains hampering Eid celebrations in many areas of the country.  

Flood, which is almost an annual event in our country, brings a lot of sufferings to thousands of people, particularly those burdened with sheer poverty, as the decrepit houses they dwell in are washed away by the flooding. Deluge damages crops, vegetables, paddy seedlings and pisciculture projects, inflicting financial losses to farmers. Many seedbeds made for transplantation of Aman paddy go under floodwater impeding transplantation of paddy.   Floods compel hundreds of displaced people of low income group to take shelter at flood shelters and on embankments. Shortage of food, safe drinking water and medicines jeopardize their survival. Diarrhoea, dysentery and other waterborne diseases break out at flood shelters at this time further complicating the lives of the shelter inmates. Standing by the impoverished flood victims is the humanitarian need of the hour. The relevant authorities, particularly the DCs and UNOs, should do everything possible to mitigate the sufferings of the flood victims.

The situation warrants adequate supply of relief materials, cash money, safe drinking water and water purifying tablets among flood victims. If needed, medical teams should also be sent to the affected areas. The security of flood shelters should also be taken care of as many young women and girls have to live with male people.  The post-flood rehabilitation programme is vital. The authorities concerned should supply seeds of crops and seedlings of paddy to the flood-hit farmers on a priority   basis. If farmers get those they will be able to recoup the losses to some extent. There should be also provision for house reconstruction grants or crisis grants for the affected farmers. If it is not possible, the affected ones can at least get bank loans on easy terms and conditions for rebuilding their houses. 

 

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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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