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Flood preparedness is key

  • Published at 07:16 pm May 2nd, 2017
  • Last updated at 07:42 pm May 2nd, 2017
Flood preparedness is key

The PM’s visit to flood-hit areas has given a much-needed boost to the morale of the affected people of the area, but the challenge is far from over.

Over 850,000 families have been affected by the recent flash floods in Bangladesh, which have swept over vast swathes of the country’s northeast.

With each day, Boro farmers are struggling to make ends meet, and it should be the government’s top-most priority to invest more in and do more to tackle the consequences of flash floods.

There is no way to overstate the importance of investment in flood prevention methods, that can range from embankments, protection of wetlands, flood defense, and more. We need to seek long-term solutions to relieve farmers and locals from this annual wave of disaster.

It is indeed heartening to see that the prime minister had taken the time to visit haor residents, express empathy, and solidarity.

However, much more needs to be done to solve the problems at hand -- from tackling the shortage of food at a national scale, starvation, and lost livelihoods.

Last month’s floods have been some of the most unexpected in recent history, and that is why they have caused so much damage.

Much of the losses could be contained if only the authorities did their jobs right -- if the right measures were taken to ensure that relief reached the haor residents, without any exception, and without delay.

It is no secret that Bangladesh is a flood-prone country, and, knowing that, we need to be much better prepared than we have been so far.