Country may experience floods

Take steps to prevent river erosion permanently

Published : 22 Aug 2021 08:14 PM | Updated : 23 Aug 2021 12:29 AM

The ongoing situation of flood in the country could further deteriorate as major rivers continue to swell leading to possibilities of floods. According to media sources, nearly 60,000 families in Rajshahi division are finding their homes flooded as the water levels have risen on the Padma and Jamuna rivers. 

Every year in Bangladesh, thousands of hectares of land crumble into the rivers that wind through this South Asian nation, swallowing homes and pushing families away from their rural villages. This land erosion peaks during the June to October monsoon season, which brings torrential rains and swells the country’s rivers. 

The government and NGOs should take immediate steps

 to reduce the volume of the effects of

riverbank erosion

The dexterity that has been executed by Bangladesh in disaster preparedness over the last few years is laudable indeed. But the pertaining situation certainly reflects our vulnerability to fight against river erosion. It is feared that the erosion and loss would increase if the authority don’t take effective steps in this regard. Hence, the government and NGOs should take immediate steps to reduce the volume of the effects of riverbank erosion. The authorities concerned should immediately construct embankments along the rivers to protect the local people from erosion. Also adequate relief and funds should be allocated for the river erosion victims.

We hope the government and the authorities concerned will take further steps to prevent the erosion permanently. The rivers of the country require capital dredging. But, there is no sign of such steps. Therefore, immediate actions should be taken to this end. But for now, authorities concerned should take necessary measures to rehabilitate the affected people and provide them with financial support. Besides, we should all stand beside the river erosion victims and work together to rehabilitate them.

It is sad but true that our country is currently lacking in resources to stand against river erosion. We believe with proper implementation of new technologies, we can save lives, properties and assets and limit the grave consequences of river erosion.