There will be floods throughout the month, there is no proper plan under control


•• Rain has increased due to climate change
•• Short to medium term flood risk
•• Various districts of the country including the northern region will be affected
•• There is no problem in the preparation of the concerned department

Bangladesh is one of the countries at risk of climate change. Every year we face disasters and are affected in various ways. Besides, when monsoon comes, the fear of flooding increases in the country. In addition, due to the low pressure in the sea, the rain has increased across the country. This rain will continue throughout July. Already, floods have occurred in various places of Sylhet, Feni and Kurigram since the end of June. Millions of residents of the affected areas.

Meanwhile, meteorologists fear floods with heavy rains this monsoon. They say that July is the most rainy month of the year. However, the amount of rainfall this year will be higher than other years and this season may cause short to medium term floods in different parts of the country. The weather office has predicted that the flood situation may intensify in the northern part of the country.

“The rainfall that occurs in the country, the effect of the resulting flood is less. The rivers of our country originate in India and Myanmar. There are floods in our country due to heavy rainfall. Cherrapunji and Meghalaya in India are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rains in July, so this water pressure will reach us here as well.’-Meteorologist Manowar Hossain

Meteorologist Manowar Hossain told Jago News, ‘Our country is still getting normal rain. But the amount of rain will increase. The rainfall that occurs in the country has less impact on the resulting floods. The rivers of our country originate in India and Myanmar. There are floods in our country due to heavy rainfall. Cherrapunji and Meghalaya in India are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rains in July, so this water pressure will reach us here as well.’

There will be floods throughout the month, there is no proper plan under control

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Analyzing the weather forecast report for July, it has been observed that due to monsoonal heavy rains in this month, short to medium term flooding may occur in some parts of northern, northeastern, northwestern, north-central and central regions of the country. On the other hand, short-term flash floods may occur at some places in the south-eastern hilly basin.

According to the information provided by the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center of Bangladesh Water Development Board on Friday (July 5), the flood situation in the lower areas along the Brahmaputra-Yamuna rivers in Kurigram, Jamalpur, Gaibandha, Bogra, Tangail and Sirajganj districts may deteriorate slightly. Brahmaputra-Yamuna and Ganga-Padma rivers are increasing in level. Padma water may flow above the warning limit at Golanda Point.

There will be floods throughout the month, there is no proper plan under control

Sardar Uday Raihan, Executive Engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center told Jago News, ‘Since it is monsoon season, short and medium term floods occur at this time every year. Only 10 percent of our Ganga, Brahmaputra and Meghna river basins are in Bangladesh. More than 90 percent of water comes from India. Due to the effect of this water coming in the monsoon season, the flood situation is intensifying. At present, water is flowing over the boundary at 21 points of eight rivers. The floods will continue till the second week of this month. However, there is a risk of flooding in August as well.’

‘Only 10 percent of the basins of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers are in Bangladesh. More than 90 percent of water comes from India. The flood situation is intensifying due to the effect of this water coming in the monsoon season.’- Sardar Uday Raihan, Executive Engineer, Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre.

Meanwhile, the flood situation in Sylhet and Sunamganj has further deteriorated. The hill slopes coming down from the upstream and the heavy rains submerged various upazilas of Sunamganj and various wards along the river banks of Sylhet city. The water of the river is flowing over the border. Hundreds of thousands of people in the region are waterlogged. There is fear that this suffering of Sylhet people will continue throughout this July.

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New floods have occurred in Kurigram. In this area, the water of all small rivers including Dharla, Teesta, Brahmaputra, Dudhkumar has increased. At various places, the waters of the Yamuna and Brahmaputra rivers are flowing over Vipatseema. In the meantime, 30,000 families of 421 Char-Dwip of the district are under water. The people of the lower regions are living a subhuman life. 86 primary schools in the district were flooded. Among them, the teaching activities of 37 schools have been declared temporarily closed.

There will be floods throughout the month, there is no proper plan under control

Analysts say that floods in Bangladesh every year have now become normal. As a result crores of people are affected by short to medium term floods in the country. Floods are prolonged due to hill slopes, transboundary river water, unplanned infrastructure, river encroachment and lack of sustainable dams. In the midst of the flood, severe river erosion has started as a blow of the cliff on the river. The flood forecast only tells whether the water of the rivers will rise or fall and flow over the floodplain or not. But we don’t have information about which crop fields will float in which area, which villages will sink. But we know that there will be floods in the country every year.

‘Flood management will not be done with relief alone’
M Zakir Hossain Khan, chief executive of climate finance specialist Change Initiative, told Jago News, ‘Monsoon floods are now causing long-term damage. We are not getting proper information about when the flood will come, how much water will come, through which channel. Our joint river commission has no effective role in when India will release water and when it will block it.

“When will the flood come, how much water will come, through which channel – we are not getting this information properly. Our Joint Rivers Commission has no effective role to play in determining when India releases and when it withholds water.’- M Zakir Hussain Khan, Chief Executive, Change Initiative

‘The effects of climate change are now bringing new risks. Rainfall is increasing, but there is no proper flood management. We are still managing floods like in the early days. The Department of Agriculture has to do their work after the flood. Similarly, Fisheries Department and LGED have to do their work. Relief alone will not manage floods. Determining the causes of flooding and working to stop them.’ Zakir Hossain Khan was saying.

There will be floods throughout the month, there is no proper plan under control

Sharif Jamil, coordinator of Water Keepers Bangladesh, an organization that works on water and environment, told Jago News, ‘The canals and reservoirs connected to our rivers have been destroyed. Various development projects have been taken up without considering environmental rights. In our law, however, the category of flood zone cannot be changed. But it can be seen that railway lines and roads are being constructed, but proper space for water flow is not kept under it. Similarly, due to unplanned construction of culverts and non-dredging of the river, water is not leaving the locality. We have filled the floodplains by carrying out various development projects.’

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The joint river commission is asleep!
Chairman of River and Delta Research Center (RDRC), a research institute on water resources management and sustainable development, Mohammad Ejaz told Jago News, “All the water that comes to Bangladesh is from India, water from transboundary rivers. I don’t know how our joint river commission works. It is the responsibility of the Joint Rivers Commission to see how much water will come from the transboundary river during monsoon, from which point it will come, and give warnings there. But they are sleeping.’

There will be floods throughout the month, there is no proper plan under control

Mohammad Ejaz also said, ‘Tista and Yamuna were once one kilometer wide. Now it is seven kilometers wide. One of the reasons here is the unseasonal water in the Teesta Jamuna, which comes from India. As a result, the banks of the river broke and flood situation was created in the surrounding area.

“Canals and reservoirs connected to our rivers have been destroyed. Various development projects have been taken up without considering environmental rights. In our law, however, the category of flood zone cannot be changed. But it can be seen that railway lines and roads are being constructed, but proper space for water flow is not kept under them.’- Sharif Jamil, Coordinator, Water Keepers Bangladesh

‘The hills coming down from upstream are being flooded. The place where these waters go down is getting filled. An important cause of flooding in Sylhet is the Dhaka-Sylhet highway and Ashtagram road in Kishoreganj. These roads have become blocked due to water coming out. Besides, the water is flowing directly due to the killing of trees in the mountains. The rivers are not dredging. The government does not have proper management and preparation in these matters. As a result, people are affected by floods every year,” added Mohammad Ejaz.

There will be floods throughout the month, there is no proper plan under control

‘Many Projects on Disaster Awareness’

Director General of Disaster Management Directorate Rezwanur Rahman told Jago News, ‘We make people aware of disasters. We have many projects on awareness. Ministry of Water Resources deals with flood and its control. In case of flood, we make all arrangements for the victims from relief through the district administration. Why are these not enough? We give according to the demand given by the district administration.’

‘The hills coming down from upstream are being flooded. The place where this water comes down is getting filled. An important cause of flooding in Sylhet is the Dhaka-Sylhet highway and Ashtagram road in Kishoreganj. These roads have become blocked due to the water coming out.’- Mohammad Ejaz, Chairman, River and Delta Research Centre.

‘The water of the river can never be stopped’

Mohammad Abu Saeed, Director of the Joint Rivers Commission of the Ministry of Water Resources, told Jago News, “We are a country of valleys.” That is why we suffer more. Water will flow downstream from upstream, it is normal. There is no scope for thinking differently. We don’t get water during the dry season, but now the Teesta is flowing. This is a problem. During the monsoon season, 88 percent of water comes from our transboundary rivers.’

There will be floods throughout the month, there is no proper plan under control

‘Flood is a natural phenomenon. Flooding has many factors. River water can never be stopped. What we can do is flood management. The government is working in three phases: pre-flood, flood-time and post-flood. Abu Saeed said.

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