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Protecting Sundarbans December 14, 2007

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Sundarban bears the brunt of hurricane

Cost of Hurricane Sidr December 11, 2007

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Bali climate change conference and Bangladesh December 8, 2007

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UN climate Summit started at Bali with thousands of delegates from more than hundred countries attending the summit from 3rd December 2007and will continue upto 14th instant. The objective of the summit is to cut the carbon emission by the industrialized countries and to prevent the climate change which is already affecting the developing countries most and started to affect global environment.

The Kyoto protocol targeted the reduction of carbon emission below 5% of 1990 level which will end in 2012 but major countries like USA which are mostly responsible for the green house effect didn’t sign the protocol.

The policy that is declared by Bush this time also didn’t acclaimed by the scientists and environmentalist. Rather the stand taken by the China to reduce the carbon emission appreciated by them. Though there was demand for the compensation of the affected countries from the carbon emitting countries, the demand was not considered but some sort of development fund is being created by the developed countries to lessen the damage done to the affected countries by cyclone, water surge, deforestation and draught.

Though in many countries, the people are marching on the streets to raise the awareness about the climate change and to press the demand to reduce carbon emission, in Bangladesh, one of the most affected countries of the world, people are occupied by the devastation occurred by the Hurricane Sidr, the fiercest product of the Climate change so far.

Very recently a forum in Bangladesh estimated the damage done by the Hurricane Sidr to 300m US $ and demanded compensation from the developed countries proportionate to the their contribution to the climate change.

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Key climate summit opens at Bali

Global rallies focus on climate

Marchers highlight climate fears

Bangladesh needs long term disaster plan December 6, 2007

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Chief Adviser Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed rightly said in a meeting with the donors that Bangladesh could no longer afford to count on relief and rehabilitation and wait for the next natural disaster.

Long term plan should be enough to protect all the lives of the human being, keep survive the livestock, save the crops, houses and other infrastructures.

To save the human lives effective warning system should have to be developed; cyclone shelters are adequate, strong, safe and close to the people.

To help the livestock survive the onslaught, special animal centres may be needed to be prepared for them.

The houses should have to be build strong and in special form so that they don’t affected by storm.

The save the crops there is left few ways. The embankment along the coastal belt should be high and strong enough to prevent the surge of water.

The roads and highways should be built strong to overcome the pressure of water.

The relief and donation that Bangladesh is getting from home and abroad should be enough to provide relief to the affected people and to rehabilitate them.

For the prevention of the disaster, special donation will be needed. It is praiseworthy that, different international agencies and donor agencies are coming forward to give a support to Bangladesh.

As the Chief Adviser said, we need to Pre-empt and prevent disasters, not just react to them.

 

An ordinary citizen.

 

Reassessing our effort in combating Hurricane Sidr November 27, 2007

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[Personal observation] With the recovery of the initial shock of the catastrophe of Sidr, we can now reassess our effort in combating the hurricane.

As was said , Sidr was one of the fiercest cyclone hit our land in the line of 1970 and 1991 where the number of death was 3,00,000 and 1,50,000 in contrast to 5000 this time. If one compares the number of deaths and devastation it caused, one could acknowledge the impact of initial management before and during the hurricane.

Warning system:

Taking shelter and to remain safe is the first aim of the cyclone affected people. Though the early warning system that was employed by the authority waas appreciated by many, still it was 100% perfect. Many people in the land of the affected area were not informed of the warning where there was no radio and the fishermen who were out in the sea couldn’t be informed because they were not allowed to keep the radio with them.

Even many people didn’t pay timely heed to the warning as the some of the earlier warnings didn’t turned into reality. The warning could be more specific with location, the direction of hurricane, the speed and time of hit. Some people returned back from the cyclone shelter as the cyclone was taking more time than their expectation. In addition the warning in the TV and radio, local sirene and miking could be utilized to aware the people.

Cyclone shelters:

The number of cyclone shelters were found to be inadequate and also it is not uniformly distributed. Some are old and required renovation. More are to be construct with greater height and strength.. Multi-purpose shelter centers with adequate strength should be prepared. Shelter is also need for the live stocks.

Protective dams:

It is reported that the protective dams along the costal belt is not uninterrupted. In many areas it is disrupted and is not of adequate height. As the height of water surge was 15 to 29 feet high, the dam should be reconstructed atleast upto 20 feet high.

Rescue operation:

Immediately after the cyclone and surge, rescue of the people is important .Rescue begins with the survived people in search of their kith and kin. As the devastation was massive, our rescue operation also took longer time. Still many people are missing, many bodies are floating in the water. Were our rescue operation was rapid and effective, Though our effort was magnified buy the participation of the Army, many may doubt the overall perfection.

Relief effort :

The task of relief is a gigantic one. You need to reach the affected people approximately lcs in number on the very first day from the angle of urgency where some of the area are inaccessible, some requires waterway and some may need helicopter service. The civil government trued to over the impossible by the support of the army, navy and air force.

It takes days even for the army to reach the remotest area. To keep the continuity of the relief is another indaunting task which is not possible for the government to bear singularly. Here comes the need of participation of all of the nation. All people, including the businessmen responded wholeheartedly but the response from our politicians were reserve. As the scale of devastation was high and the relief may be needed for months together for millions so different countries and international organizations extended their support which is praiseworthy. A good coordination and full commitment on the part of the government and volunteers are needed to make the relief work successful. The government has already decided to introduce VGP card for relief for 26 people for 3 months.

Rehabilitation:

Rehabilation is also a long tem effort. The Government declared many schemes for rehabilitation of the affected persons. The people will be given soft loans for their businesses. The banks were asked to erase the interests and delay the recovery. The NGOs also decided not to recollect their loan.

Support for housing would be needed.

Special allocation has been made for building the educational institutions.

Infrastructure development:

Road, Dams and culverts will be needed to be reconstruct for economic activity, for relief work and for economic development.

Maximum utilization of relief fund and prevention of pilferage:

The government should try to utilize the fund from internal and external sources and prevent any pilferage.

Media:

Media both print and electronic is playing a laudable role in combating the aftermath of sidr. They are vitually working as the advanced colum inthe rescue and relief operation. Some complain of exageration was made from the Law and Information Adviser Barrister Moinul Hussain. But there is also little room for the government to feel complascence.

The media should not only cover the distress of the people, they should also highlight the contribution of different action groups governmental and non- governmental in the report. Though differentNGOs are working parrallel to the government agencies, their effort was not highlighted in the media.

Disease, prevention and treatment:

The diarrhoea and other waterborn diseases will gradually increase in number and may pose a dangerous challenge to the authority. There is big scarcity of pure water throughout the area and government could not yet able to ensure pure drinking water to the many areas. The number of medical teams in the paper is imressive but the actual number of working doctor is still inadequate and the remote area is less covered.

Hope :

In the background of this great disaster and distress, we hope that people of Bangladesh will stand up on their feet earlir than expected.

 

An ordinary citizen

Links from personal reading:

1) 26 lac VGF card planned for 4 months

2) Govt needs 2 lakh MT foodgrain assistance

3) 15 pc coastal land to be inundated

 

Risk and compensation for climate change November 25, 2007

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The incidence of hydro meteorological disasters like drought, flood and cyclone have been multiplied than the geographical ones like earthquake and tsunami, due to climate changes. Disasters in Bangladesh round the year stand as best example.

The developed countries are mainly responsible for the climate change which is producing so much havoc in nature and human lives.

The developed countries must compensate the risk they are producing and the damage they are causing to the affected countries. (more…)

UN report on Hurricane Sidr:2.2 million people will need to be fed for 3 months November 24, 2007

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Prothom Alo published the UN report: 22 lac people will need to be fed for 3 months. The report was prepared by UN after assessing the damage in 9 major districts in the souther Bangladesh badly affected by Hurricane Sidr.

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Links from personal reading:

1) Devastated shrimp industry
2) WTO praised local volunteers

Hurricane Sidr and call of the sea November 23, 2007

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[Personal thoughts] Hurricane Sidr blew over Bangladesh and killed thousands of people, damaged houses, shelters, crops and cattle. People lost their last belonging.

But Sidr should not defeat us. Our people already showing signs of recovery. Life is coming back to them with hopes and aspirations. We need to continue our support till they could stand on their feet and manage to earn their own livelihood.

But Hurricane Sidr also open up the sea to us. Through our imaginary eye, we can see its origin deep in the sea whirling on itself, coming with great speed to us and ultimately hit our coastal belt and pass over the body of Bangladesh.

We never thought of the sea so close to us, we never thought of the sea occupying our whole imagination in such a way.

Millions of people along our coastal belt from Teknaf to Mongla are dependent on sea for their living. Fishing in the sea is one of main occupation of these people. Imagine the courage- most of them with a simple wooden trawler in a group of 10-12 men they net fish in the deep sea. The fish are serving the need of our local as well as foreign market.

Many of the people along the coastal belt are doing shrimp culture. The shrimps are exported for earning foreign cash.

The bed of the sea also supply us with gas. Sango Gas Field in the is one of the major gas field in our country deep in the sea.

The Sundarban, the great mangrove; Kuakata where the sun sets in most wonderful way, Nijum island where thousands of deer trade fearlessly, Cox’s Bazaar, the longest beach and Sand Matin , the coral island in the southeast point of Bangladesh- all are rich with natural beauty.

Can’t we explore our sea a little more and a little more deeply. We can modernize our fishing, develop the industry, our government can explore the possibilities and our entrepreneurs can invest in it.

Can’t we improve our tourism? Not only the coastal sites but we can extend our tour deep into the sea to see eye to eye with the Sidr!

We can increase our exploration of the gases under the bed of the sea. The bed of the Bay of Bengal is reach with natural gases.

Can we think at this point the need of a deep sea port. The Caretaker Government in its early months was enthusiastic about the deep sea port but later they abandon the idea on the assumption that it will take decades to complete the project and it will cost millions of dollar and our political leaders were also critical of the idea. Few people have the foresight to see beyond his surrounding and few people has got the courage to take up a task what most people would dare to imagine. The deep sea port may support our transactions, export and imports, fisheries, tourism etc.

We like to be close to the Sidr. Sea is calling us.

An ordinary citizen

Links from personal reading:

1) Scientists warn of agrarian crisis from climate change

2) Food security

Struggle of a country with the impact of Hurricane Sidr November 22, 2007

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memory-hunts.jpgIt was difficult to reach the remostest area in the first few days. But now Army claimed that they has reached the most distant area. It is also a struggle to help the cyclone victims.

But mere reaching to the last resort is not the end of the effort, equally important is to sustain the support and the ordinary citizen is at his wit’s end how the Government would able to feed millions of people even atleast for few days. As the Chief Adviser said it needs the participation of all. Bangladesh alone will not be able to cope with the task. The ordinary citizen is feeling a litttle relief with the introduction of VGP card to supply sustain relief to the affected families from Dec 1. But what about before that?.

It is a crisis of humanity. The world as a whole would need to participate actively. The world is responding by supplying relief by different means. Local organisations have come forward. Yesterday the ambassadors and representative of different countries visited the affected area to see the magnitude of destructioin. They were apalled by the scene of devastation of human and nature.

Finance Adviser is worried regarding the impact on the economy in the coming future with two consecutive floods and a devastating cyclone in the same year.

In this struggle for survival, the response and perticipation of the politicians of the country is very poor which is in total contrast to the perception of the common people. They (the old politicians or the old system of politics) are proving themselves unworthy in the new situation of Bangladesh.

Today’s Links: Daily Star, Prothom Alo, BBC, CNN,

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Hurricane Sidr: Appeal of Chief Adviser,looming health crisis and tales of survival November 21, 2007

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Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed has composed himself, after initial shock and engagement, to appeal in a televised speech all people, irrespective of party and opinion, to come forward in aid of the affected people and to bravely face the national catastrophe of Bangladesh. Though the businessmen and other professionals have responded rapidly, the politicians are dwindling on conditions such as withdrawal of emergency and declaration of Southern Bangladesh as disaster area.

Bangladesh also appeals to the world and international organizations for more help. Though many predicts that the Sidr will destabilize Bangladesh economy, Finance Adviser is hopeful that Bangladesh will be able to overcome the situation.

Huge health crisis is on the way with the scarcity of pure drinking water.

Small and medium enterprises are totally damaged. They need financial support.

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Deadly devastation is also resounded with the tales of survival of people.

 

Links: Daily Star, Prothom Alo, BBC, CNN, Yahoo.

 

An ordianry citizen

In support of Sidr victims, in support of Bangladesh November 19, 2007

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hurricane-sidr-4.jpgWith With the death toll rising and total devastation of the south, Bangladesh is trying to come out of the destruction.

 

The rescue, relief and rehabilitation are being coordinated at the highest level- the Advisory Council of the Care Taker Government. Chief Adviser has cancelled weekly holiday on the day after the Cyclone night. The Ministry of Relief and Rehabilitation and Disaster Management, Ministry of Establishment , Ministry of Telecommunication and Ministry of Roads and Communication are given special instruction to carry on the work for rescue, relief and rehabilitation of the people and the to reconstruct the infrastructure of the affected area.

The Bangladesh Army, Navy and Air force personals are also participating parallel with the civil administration in the rescue and relief operations of the cyclone victims. Dozens of Army helicopters, ships and boats are engaged in the operation.

Chief Adviser Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed and Army Chief Lt Gen Moeen U Ahmed are visiting the area. Yesterday President Yazuddin distributed relief to a affected area.

 

Red Cross and other international NGOs and National NGOs are working among the destitute people. The expatriates abroad are collecting donations for the victim.

 

But the major political parties are conspicuously absent from the effort. While the people and Government are physically and emotionally engaged in the rescue and relief work, they are busy with their own agenda.

 

USA, UK and many friendly countries are extending their hands for the Victim and for Bangladesh.

 

World Bank and other international organizations also pledge for donation for Bangladesh.

 

We hope that with the support of people and with the participation of the Government, national and international organizations and friendly countries Bangladesh will be able to overcome the catastrophe.

 

For further reading please link Daily Star, Prothom Alo, BBC, CNN, Yahoo.

 

 

An ordinary citizen

Hurricane Sidr strikes Bangladesh November 16, 2007

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Following are the images of Hurricane Sidr as it crossing from the Bay of Bengal through Bangladesh.

hurricane-sidr-coming.jpgPlease link for details Daily Star report on Hurricane Sidr.

An ordinary citizen

Updated: 31 Dec 2007

Related posts in the blog:

Bangladesh devastated by Hurricane Sidr
Trail of devastation of Hurricane Sidr
In support of Sidr victims, in support of Bangladesh
Hurricane Sidr:Loss of life, struggle for survival aand task of rehabilitation
Struggle of a country with the impact of Hurricane Sidr
Hurricane Sidr and call of the sea
Un report on Hurricane Sidr:2.2 million people need to be fed for 3 months
Risk and compensation of climate change
Reassesing our effort in combaing Hurricane Sidr
Bangladesh is facing most critical phase in its history
Cost of Hurricane Sidr
Hurricane Sidr: acts of kindness
After Hurricane Sidr: a different festival
Hurricane Sidr and a man without a name

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Flood hits Bangladesh again September 15, 2007

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Flood hits Bangladesh again only after a gap of 3 to 4 weeks. One third of Bangladesh with 40 districts inundated by this time. All the major river rises above the danger level. Many new areas have gone under water along with some of the old areas. The misery of the people multiplied, new crops have been damaged, businesses stopped, new death occurs. Sirajgang district is again the most affected town.

The second flood occurs again due to excess of water coming from India through our rivers and contributed to some extent by the incessant rain in last week.

Dr. Muhammad Yunus in a key-note paper presented in the symposium on Changes in Climate held recently in Seoul said that Global warming has its adverse effect on Bangladesh. 40 % of Bangladesh is less than 1 meter higher than the sea level. Every year sea level is increasing 3 mm. 15 crore of people is already confined in a land of 1 lac 44 thousand sq miles. He commented that flood and Bangladesh become synonymous. To many of the world, change of climate may be a matter of anxiety but to the people of Bangladesh it is the question of survival.

Dr. Yunus also said that rich countries are polluting the environment and the poorer are bearing the burden. He suggested for changing the life style in such a way that it does not affect the environment.

We are worrying what is waiting for Bangladesh and how the people of Bangladesh will survive in future against all these odds!

An ordinary citizen

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After the flood: Challenges of rehabilitation August 16, 2007

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Bangladesh has experienced one of the most devastating floods in its history. Two third of Bangladesh was inundated in flood, with lacs of people displaced , houses demolishes, thousands hectors of crops damaged, cattle lost, schools and businesses damaged.

Complete rehabilitation of these people will be a challenge for the Government and the efficiency will also be judged how effectively the Government could able to mange the situation.

In relation to rehabilitation, the Government may need to do the following:

1) to shift the displaced people to their ‘homes’

2) to rebuild the houses that were demolished and damaged by the flood

3) to continue the distribution of food to the affected area either free or at low cost

4) to support the people to restart their works/businesses/professions

5) to supply the farmers with seeds and fertilizers etc

6) to render loans for the affected farmers and other people on easy conditions

7) to rebuilt the institutions and factories

8) to rebuild the roads, culverts and bridges

9) to create opportunities for job, etc

Government should also guard itself from any corruption of the relief materials or donations made within the country or from abroad.

Government should also make the best use of the donations so far received.

Bdoza

Aftermath of flood: dangerous look of diarrhoea August 12, 2007

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The flood water is receeding from the outer districts of Bangladesh and Dhaka. But the diarrhea is taking a dangerous look.

Hundreds and thousands of people are being affected by diarrhea. So far 30000 people affected. Many are enrolling every minute. On an average 4- 6 patients are admitted in ICDDRB. Other hospital and health centers are also recieving patients and treating diarrhea. But people have special confidence on ICDDRB. ICDDRB not only make its reputation for research in Bangladesh, it is extending extensive medical service for the diarrhea and related patients. To overcome the rush of the patients they had to set extra pandel in the compound outside the main hospital building. Most the patients are women and children. Diarrhea is in the epidemic form. Government has set up special diarrhea centres in the different public hospitals in the districts and subdistrict level.

In our TV channels and print media we are mostly seeing the pictures of urban hospitals but definitely thousands of people in flood affected areas are also being affected by diarrhea. They need treatment and they need support.

Why diarrhea is so rampant this time? People are becoming sick not only drinking flood water, they are also becoming sick by drinking supplied water of WASA. Likely explanation is that the supplied water is also contaminated by the sewerage which is not acceptable. The flood water is also remaining stagnant in the low lying areas of city and outer city for lack of proper drainage system.

As the flood was more widespread and lacs of people have been displaced, not all the people could be covered by food, shelter, safe water and medicine. The participation of the different organizations social and political including political parties was also sparse and late. So many people may be affected by the diarrhea and other diseases. Though ICDDRB is claiming that so far there is no death, but we are not sure about the total picture of the country.

It is clear that though flood is there and flood is causing heath havoc in our country, still we are not perfect in combating the aftermath. We are magnifying the diarrhea and then trying to treat it.

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(an ordinary citizen)

Respose to the raging flood (2): In support of flood victims August 8, 2007

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Chief Adviser Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed in a nationally broadcast televised address on 5th August 2007 has urged all irrespective of party and politics to come forward for relief and rehebilataion the flood hit victims. He stresses on the coordinated effort at district and upazilla level to make it most effective. He hoped that people will overcome this disaster by their resilence and strong confidence.

The flood hit areas have been distributed among the Advisers for better monitoring. So far, Mr. Moinul Hussain, Law Adviser, Mr. MA Matin, Communication Adviser, Mrs. Giti Ara Shafia Ch, Indusry Adviser, Mr. Ayub Quadri, Education Adviser went to their respective areas and personally supervise the donation activities.

Flood and Disaster Management Adviser Mr. Tapan Chy said that Govt sanctioned 11 crore from the Chief Adviser’s relief and welfare fund to the 15 worst affeted districts.

Various Government and private institutions, organisations and individuals have donated a total of arround 11 crore directly to the CA’s Relief and Welfare fund for the flood victims.

A Flood monitoring and Coordination Cell is also established at the CA’s office.

Though different political leadears including Chairperson of BNP Khaleda Zia and Acting President of AL urged party workers to participate in the relief work, thier presence is not marked yet.

On the other hand, different banks (Brac bank, Islami bank) finanacial institutions (FBCCI), organisations (ICDDRB), individuals (Mr, Jahid Hasan, TV Actor) and many others are directly participating in the relief work.

We are sure all these efforts from the public and private sector is not enough and timely, still the ordinary citizens laud the endevours of all who are supporting the flood hit victims to overcome the difficulties.

( an ordinary citizen)

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Response to the raging flood August 4, 2007

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Flood is raging through Bangladesh. More and more areas are inundated. Roads and highways are under water, thousands are becoming homeless everyday, hectors of crops are going under water. Cattle are carried away by flowing water, more than 50 men are already died, people are not getting adequate shelter, not getting food to sustain themselves, children and olds are becoming sick easily.

In this crisis, Government is trying to give support to the distressed people. The Chief Adviser, the other advisers, the chief of Army themselves are going to the flood-hit area to distribute relief and to have a first hand knowledge of the situation. The chief Adviser urges for participation of all and stresses on the coordination of the relief work. The district and sub-district administrations are trying to arrange shelters and distribute food to the victims.

The Media is trying to cover the devastation as far as possible. They are portraying the miseries of the people and the failure of the Government to reach to the distressed .

The political parties are conspicuously absent from any relief activities as if the ban on indoor politics is refraining them from doing humanitarian works. Mrs. Matiya Chowdhury said that they could not participate because Government is not allowing them to display the banners and festoons. She also wants the Government to release Sk Hasina so that she could do the relief work. BNP is busy with their infighting. While visiting a flood hit area Dr. Kamal Hussain said that all irrespective of party and politics should stand by the side of the flood-hit people.

Where are the NGO’s? The absence of the NGO’s are also marked. Why they are not participating?

The Chief adviser launches a relief fund. It is expected that all who can afford willl donate generously to the fund. The Chief of Army Staff urges the talk show experts to the come to the flood-hit area and extend support to the poor physically.

The ordinary citizen believe that the country is passing through a serious natural calamity. In such a crisis all should take active part to relieve the distress of the people. During such calamity the responsibility is not only of the Government.

The people are also looking at the response the different sectors, public and private, are making to the need of the flood-hit people.

 

(an ordinary citizen)

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Preparing for the flood July 30, 2007

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The flood situation of Bangladesh is worsening. Most affected are the northwestern districts. In the northeastern areas the water is also rising and the flush water is gradually inundating the areas centering Dhaka.

Thousands people of the affected areas are displaced; their houses, cattle, grains and other properties have been washed way; schools and offices, mosques and other holy structures have been collapsed, people are marooned in places or passing days in camps or makeshift shelters without adequate food and pure water.

The incessant rain over days and the onrush of water from India through the rivers are causing this havoc. which may increase with the days coming. People of Dhaka will be totally marooned by the next 48 hours.

What is our preparation for the flood? Government and non Government agencies are working to lessen the suffering of the people and to lessen the damage to the properties. The LGRD ministry is leading the effort to combat the crisis.

But the questions come up: are we prepared adequately to combat the flood before it actually hit us? Probably the answer will be no. We could not prepare enough embankments by the side our rivers. If at all these are not strong enough to withstand the force of flood water. Many flood projects are undone and many half done and many are ill done. We didn’t prepare or identify alternative shelter for the affected people. We only manage this on transient basis. Are we prepare to manage the other needs – the food, medicine etc of the affected people. In these respect also our past efforts were incomplete and ineffective. Always there was lack of cooperation among the different agencies both private and public. The owe of Dhaka is compounded by the problem of water logging already existing in the city due to inadequate drainage system and blockage of the old ones.

Are we prepared to combat the situation after the flood- the diarrhea and other disease, the long term shelters, the financial support for the rehabilitation for the people in the job or business and to rebuild their houses?

Flood is a common phenomenon in this country and these are sometimes very devastating affecting national economy and individual existence. Never heard of any composite evaluation, plan for immediate management and programs for after-effects.

The ordinary citizen is not informed of everything.

(an ordinary citizen)

 

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‘Technological neglect traps poorest nations in poverty’ July 22, 2007

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‘The world poorest countries are being sapped of the technological capacity they need to break out of the poverty trap and catch up with the rest of the world, the UN’s trade and development agency said in its report.

The UN body argued that the Science, technology and innnovation were not luxuries for the the world poorest, but necessities that would allow them to leapfrog into the 21st century.
” We do not see the real mainstreaming of technological policies in the poverty reduction stretagies,” UNCTAD President told. (more…)

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