Unplanned development responsible for flood: IFC
Published : Thursday, 23 June, 2022 at 9:17 PM Count : 328
International Farakka Committee (IFC) in a statement on Thursday said that unplanned development activities both in Meghalaya and Assam in India and the Sylhet region in Bangladesh are the main factors that have turned the floods into a cataclysmic disaster.END/SZA
It said the current floods, called worst in the last two decades, have caught the people of northeastern and northern districts of Bangladesh unprepared inflicting extensive damage to their life and property, reports UNB.
The worst affected districts are Sunamganj, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Netrokona, Kurigram, and Habiganj. Kishoreganj has also been affected as recently constructed structures blocked the discharge of flood water.
Development activities at upstream increased the velocity of runoff of rainwater which crossed into Bangladesh in an extremely large volume with a great force.
Haphazardly constructed embankments inside Bangladesh again obstructed the flow of the water and thus worsened the floods.
All this is the outcome of the lack of integrated trans-boundary water management. Clearly the damages could have been minimized if unsustainable development activities were not carried out.
The Dhaka-Delhi joint consultative body which was in session in New Delhi called for strengthening cooperation in the water sector. Such a statement should have better come from the Joint Rivers Commission which has not been functioning, the IFC said adding that the flash floods in water hungry Bangladesh have caused colossal damages.
Apart from dozens of barrages on rivers in the Assam region, all the 27 rivers that feed the Barak-Meghna river system in Bangladesh have been embanked.
As a result, for more than a decade now the Meghna river system does not overflow their banks and their huge floodplains in the Sylhet-Cumilla regions remain dry throughout the year.
IFC urges all patriotic people to join efforts to reach emergency relief to help the flood affected people stand back on their feet.
The signatories to the statement were: Atiqur Rahman Salu, chairman, Sayed Tipu Sultan, secretary general, International Farakka Committee, New York, Prof. Jasim Uddin Ahmad, president, Dr. SI Khan, senior vice-president, Syed Irfanul Bari, general secretary, IFC Bangladesh and IFC coordinator Mostafa Kamal Majumder.