The crisis of drinking water has turned severe at Mundumala Municipality and surrounding areas of Tanore upazila of Rajshahi district. Somewhere under the municipality the existence of water is even not being traced under 1,100 feet deep under the earth. As a result, residents of the areas are facing acute water crises and multifarious problems.
A Mass-hearing on water crisis was held in observance of the World Climate Week at the Adibashi Primary School play ground under Mundamala Municipality from Wednesday morning to noon. Non-government organisations BARSIC and Barendra Region Youth Organisation Forum jointly arranged the Mass-hearing.
With various demands mentioned in the placards and festoons, many farmers including women and children participated in the water-hearing.
Christina Hembrom (45) of Mahalipara under Mundumala said her waist bone has been cracked while carrying a pitcher of water from one kilometre away.
She could not even treat her injury due to a crisis of funds. She further said, the water crisis is so acute that her relations with the relatives have become strained as she failed to serve them enough water during their meal.
Anguri Begum(38) of Prianpukur village informed, three goats were her only assets but those died due to extreme drought and want of water. Sujola Mardi (40) of Missionpara village informed, one of her cows died due to extreme heatwave. Day labourer Albikus Hembrom(48) informed, people are suffering from various diseases because of the water crisis associated with the drought.
People of the area said,' We no longer believe in assurance. Public representatives only talk. Many projects are granted and our problem is not resolved. We want an effective solution to the water crisis.'
Mayor of Mundumala Municipality Saidur Rahman said,' Some 250 submersible pumps have been set up in the drought prone areas during the last several years but due to depletion of subterranean water level, those pumps have become out of order. Now, while setting up pumps again, the underground water level is not possible to reach even at 1,000 feet deep. We are talking with the experts to find out ways to carry water from other places and trying to get any effective project.'
He said,' The rich countries responsible for climate change are giving us false assurance. The nature and environment of our country are being damaged for those rich countries. The amount of such damage is huge but those responsible for such huge damage are not paying us the compensation. I demand proper compensation from the responsible countries for the financial, physical and mental loss and damage of the people of the Barind region.'
Researcher Pavel Partho in the hearing mentioned the water crisis turned severe in some Barind regions due to absence of rain and scorching-heatwave. But, we are not responsible at all for the curse of climate change. It is our legal right to get compensation for the huge loss caused by the impact of climate change.
National Medal winner farmer and President of Barendra Region Jonosanghatan Forum Nur Mohammad highlighted the severe water crisis scenario of Barind region. The function was further addressed by Coodinator of BARSIC Jahangir Alam, Convener of Barendra jubo Sanghathan Forum Rubel Hossain Mintu while the Mass Hearing was conducted by Coordinator of BARSIC Shahidul Islam.