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14 October, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 13 October, 2019 08:58:52 PM
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Raised plinths save char households from floods

BSS, Rangpur
Raised plinths save char households from floods

Like in the previous seasons, raised plinths of houses again assisted many char households in escaping recent floods effectively in low-lying char areas on the Brahmaputra basin this year.

The plinths were raised to save char people with properties and domestic animals from floods under the 12-year term (2004-2016) comprehensive Chars Livelihoods Program (CLP) to assist them in becoming self-reliant under adverse situations.

Officials concerned said the UKaid through Department for International Development and Australian Government through AusAID funded implementation of the CLP under sponsorship of the Rural Development and Cooperatives Division.

Like in the previous years, the CLP beneficiary families successfully escaped floods along with providing shelters to other displaced flood-hit people of neighbouring inundated char areas during recent flood.

The multi-dimensional CLP was implemented by different NGOs beginning with plinth-raising to assist char people in adapting to adverse situations amid changing climate to improve livelihoods.

The CLP raised plinths of over 1.33 char households benefiting over 5.17-lakh people on char areas in Kurigram, Bogra, Gaibandha, Sirajganj, Jamalpur, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Pabna and Tangail districts.

Talking to BSS, Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) Mamunur Rashid of RDRS Bangladesh, one of the CLP implementing partner organisations, said the project is assisting char people in escaping floods and adapting to changing climate. The beneficiary char families are enjoying the privilege and changing fortune through various income generating activities (IGAs) following implementation of CLP in these ten northwestern riverine districts. “Successful implementation of the CLP has become a blessing for 1.33 lakh poor char households in escaping floods and improving their livelihoods and living standard,” Rashid said.

Talking to BSS, beneficiaries Aklima, Abbas Ali, Karim Uddin, Nuru Mian and Bulbuli Begum of different char villages in Rangpur and Kurigram narrated as how they escaped floods during rainy seasons when other surrounding areas became submerged.

Beneficiary Rahela Khatun of Purbo Char Gunai village on the Teesta riverbed in Kawnia upazila of Rangpur said she raised plinths first with the CLP assistance to become safe from wraths of seasonal floods.

Later, she established sanitary latrines and tube wells for pure drinking water with the CLP grants to get rid of water borne diseases also bought goats and cattle heads and homestead vegetable gardening on her raised plinths.

“Like me, the CLP beneficiary char families are saving properties, domestic animals and poultry birds during floods on raised plinths,” said Rahela adding that they are cultivating vegetables on raised tiny homesteads after recession of floodwater.

CLP beneficiary Kulsum Begum said families of Purbo Char Gunai village are now easily escaping floods on raised plinths though they used to take shelter during floods in neighboring areas and the displacements caused losses to their essentials and assets. Similarly, CLP beneficiaries Kajoli Begum and Sahera Begum of Ghughumari Char in Roumari upazila and Halima Begum of Char Krishnapur in Chilmari upazila of Kurigram termed plinth-raising as their effective savior during floods.

 

 

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