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Prevention through preparation

  • Published at 12:00 am July 21st, 2019

The crux of the water-logging problem is our unpreparedness

While much of the water-logging in the capital has subsided, there are several parts of the nation that are still virtually under water.

The waters of the Dhaleshwari and Jhinai Rivers have continued flowing above the danger level in Tangail, causing the flood situation to remain unchanged, while the flood situation in Kurigram has also remained unchanged, because the Brahmaputra, Dharala, Dudkumar, and other major rivers within the district have continued flowing above the danger level for the last 11 days.

Being a low-lying riverine nation, it is expected that water-logging will be a recurring issue for us, but that is exactly why it is all the more baffling that we continue to suffer from this issue.

Given the sheer predictability of the monsoon season, there is very little reason why we should be left unprepared for the severe flooding the country is prone to witnessing each and every year.

There are no two ways about it: The crux of the water-logging problem is our unpreparedness. It all boils down to the severe lack of cooperation between our various municipal agencies, in Dhaka or otherwise.

There is no excuse for this.

While it is good to know that relief work in these areas is already underway, even those endeavours are usually slowed down to a crawl because of inefficiency and needless bureaucracy.

But, at the end of the day, prevention will always be more effective than a cure. But we may never be able to prevent water-logging if we keep adhering to our old ways.

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