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When the weather kills

  • Published at 11:52 pm July 9th, 2019
Photo: DHAKA TRIBUNE
Photo: DHAKA TRIBUNE

That Bangladesh is affected by the monsoon season is known to all, yet every year, the same tragedy repeats

With the monsoon season fully upon us, its effects are visible for all to see. 

The heavy and constant rainfall has led to intense flooding in Dhaka, Chittagong, and various other parts around the country.

But while residents of the big cities are facing traffic gridlocks, water entering into their establishments, and vehicles being rendered immobile due to the knee-deep water, the incessant rain has wreaked even greater havoc in the Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar, along with causing multiple landslides in the districts covering the Chittagong Hill Tracts that have resulted in deaths.

According to a press statement issued by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), over 3,000 makeshift houses have been destroyed, and have left nearly 3,000 refugees homeless, while the landslides have already lead to lives being lost, and leaving many others injured and stranded.

That Bangladesh is affected by the monsoon season is known to all, yet every year, the same tragedy repeats itself. This forces the question: Why are we still so woefully unprepared?

City planners are right to blame the current conditions on unplanned urbanization, illegal landfills, and the encroachment of canals, as well as blocked drains obstructing the free flow of water.

In the hill tracts, reckless hill cutting and rampant deforestation have tampered with the integrity of the soil, leading to the landslides.

What is clear from the repeated nature of this problem every year is that we are not doing enough to combat the adverse effects of the monsoon rains, and it is about time the authorities and the government take the necessary steps to ensure that we are not always at the mercy of the weather.