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Bracing for floods

  • Published at 12:00 am October 3rd, 2019
Flooding
Photo: SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN

What is needed is a workable prevention method to the flood crisis

Parts of the country are under water again.

News reports paint a grim picture. Thousands of people in Rajshahi, Rajbari, Tangail, Pabna, and Natore have been affected by the recent floodings -- people are stranded and helpless, they have lost their homes and possessions, cropland has been damaged.

It is commendable that the authorities concerned have already arranged for relief to be sent to the affected people, and while we acknowledge these efforts, it must be understood that a rescue operation is not nearly enough to tend to the needs of the people. 

What about the losses they have encountered? What about the possessions they have lost? 

In the long run, what is needed is a workable prevention method to the flood crisis, which is yet to be seen. 

It is somewhat encouraging that the government has recently undertaken a major project to prevent future floods, but it would be prudent for it to take on smaller projects that can be implemented sooner, so that the yearly losses to the people can be minimized.

Being a low-lying country that has a multitude of rivers running through it, it is only natural that Bangladesh would experience flooding during the monsoon season.

What is inexcusable, however, is the government’s failure to do the needful year after year.

We are faced with the effects of climate change, and it is our duty to take adequate measures which can save the people from these yearly floods.

If not, we will see an increase in the number of climate refugees huddling to the cities, which are already overpopulated.

A sustainable solution to the flooding problem, then, is sorely needed.