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20 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Repairing flood embankments

It is reassuring to know that that this time around the government will take steps to repair flood protection embankments before the monsoon arrives. There are still at least four months to go before the rainy season comes and if the government’s plan to rebuild or repair work is done by this time, it is possible to save flooding of many areas in the country, and the effort could save the nation from much economic loss.

It is a common experience in Bangladesh that during the rainy season floods usually occur, sometimes they become devastating, killing people and damaging standing crops. For this, the rain that comes down from above is as much responsible as the rush of water that comes through the rivers from the upstream to our country.

The country is suffering floods for a long time and it is vital that necessary flood embankments would be made to protect the overflow of waters. But the reality is, as with the country’s road infrastructure, embankments protecting towns and human habitats are not built properly. Funds are misused and the weak embankments do not last long and after one or two monsoons they give in. A couple of years ago the haors areas in Sylhet got severely flooded because of the feeble embankment that could not resist the pressure of waters.    

Therefore, it is very important that floods protecting infrastructure in the country must be built strongly and the government will have to ensure this. Still, there is another problem: the built embankments are not monitored routinely and repaired regularly. It is only during the monsoon when flood occurs we see a sense of emergency among the relevant people of the government. But hurried repair work at that time could hardly protect the people from floods.

But this time the State Minister for Water Resources, Zaheed Farooque, declared that flood-protection embankments and structures in areas affected by floods would be repaired before the monsoon. Besides, towns and villages vulnerable to erosion and flooding will be repaired on a priority basis. It is our expectation that the minister sticks to his words.

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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