Bangladesh

We need all hands on deck

Jun 17, 2017
With a death toll of 150 and counting, words cannot describe the scale of the tragedy. We have always known that the hilly regions in Bangladesh are highly susceptible to landslides — a catastrophe back in 2007 claimed 128 lives in Chittagong. And yet, we have not prepared in the right way.
 
The priority now must be to ensure safety for now and the foreseeable future, as rains continue to be a threat to the people of the area. Certain parts of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, due to the adverse effects of climate change, have seen a significant increase in rainfall, and are getting more and more dangerous every day.
 
Furthermore, with constant hill-cutting and unplanned deforestation, the soil has lost its stability, making the region another disaster waiting to happen. The government should now be working closely with local communities to find ways to take them out of harm’s way. We need better weather forecasting, better forest management, and more engagement with the local communities to hear their concerns.
 
It is something of a temporary solution to move people into tents during the monsoon season, but given the scale of the problem, we need a more lasting and sustainable answer to the problem. We cannot have more dead bodies on our conscience — the time for action is now. The government must acknowledge that there is too much at stake here, and the problem can be ignored no longer. Let us do what is required to prevent future tragedies.
 
Dhaka Tribune, June 17, 2017

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,

Read more...

UAE, Saudi Arabia can help India meet any oil deficit, says UAE envoy

Even as the US-imposed sanctions on Iran has put India’s energy security in jeopardy, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna has allayed fears of an oil shortage, saying hi...

Read more...
Tweets about SAMonitor
SAM Facebook