As reported by this daily on Tuesday, flash floods may occur across the low-lying areas mostly in the north eastern and north western regions where huge areas of crop land are likely to be inundated.
According to the Water Development Board, water level in all major rivers of the country is increasing at an alarming rate. Because of rain major rivers are over flowing and in many places water levels have already crossed danger levels.
Bangladesh witnesses severe damages to dams, roads, crops and fisheries when flash floods occurr. According to officials concerned, floods are expected from the first week of July in the districts surrounding Teesta, Brahmaputra and Jamuna rivers. Therefore, the government should take lesson from the past and implement pragmatic measures before we are hit by flash floods again.
Government should take lesson from
the past and implement pragmatic
measures to deal with flash floods
To stop the rivers from overflowing the government has been working on building sustainable dykes and embankments in many places. However, they are not good enough as they are not sustainable. Therefore, government needs to do more to make embankments and dykes sustainable. The embankments need to be strengthen by widening and heightening them.
As a nation we are developing everyday economically. However in doing so we should not forget to enhance the lives of marginal people who live in the flood-prone areas. Government must put more focus on them so that their lives and livelihoods do not get negatively affected year after year.