The people of Kurigram are in dire straits to prepare for the floods in advance

Kurigram residents in dire need of flood preparedness (Photo: Daily Odhikar)

The riverine people of flood prone Kurigram prepare for the floods every year. But this time the working people are in extreme distress due to the epidemic and the lockdown. There is no work, the money saved is running out, so they are not able to prepare in that way. On the other hand, the district administration says they are fully prepared to deal with the floods.

According to various sources, there are 316 km of river routes in 16 riverine Kurigram districts. Due to the increase in the water level in the rivers due to heavy rains and mountain slopes every year, about 4/5 lakh people are left in extreme misery. There is also aggressive river erosion. As a result, the misery of the people on the banks of rivers is like a lifetime.

Every year before the flood, people prepare in advance. Strengthens homes. Collects loose stoves, medicines, dried food and fuel. Keeps enough rice and pulses in the house. But this time, due to corona and lockdown, most of the working and low income people have to stay under house arrest. As a result, the income has decreased due to lack of work. They are not able to start the preparation work in advance as they do not have money in hand. Waiting for the flood to take action.

Abul Hossain, Ashraf Ali and Mamena Begum of Sheikh Palanu village in Begumganj union of Ulipur said they could not go to work in Dhaka due to lockdown. The family is running with the money I am bringing. If you don’t want to repair the house, you have to eat.

Ashraful, Abul Hossain, Bakkar and Mojibar, former members of Charfaraji Para village in Jatrapur union of Sadar upazila, said, “We are in a very bad condition due to corona, river erosion and lockdown.” Houses have been weakened in the last flood. The fences need to be fixed but are afraid to spend money. If the lockdown does not end, we will be in grave danger.

Ripon Mia, a member of the union, said many dinghy boats were later found in dry places. There is no point in repairing. As a result, crossing the flood will be very difficult.

Abdul Malek, a private NGO worker, said people were not getting a chance to prepare in advance. Because of the long-running lockdown and corona, the activities of non-governmental organizations have come to a standstill. During this time they undertook various awareness activities for the people of the char areas. At present, all kinds of activities are closed and no assistance is reaching the flood affected people.

Abul Hossain, chairman of Hatia Union in Ulipur, said people were unable to earn income due to corona and lockdown. As a result, dealing with floods will become a big challenge in this northern district. However, directions have been given by the administration. In addition to keeping the volunteer team ready, government assistance has also started to be delivered.

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In this regard, Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Rezaul Karim said, adequate preparations have been made to deal with the floods. Overall direction has been given to the people’s representatives including the administration in this regard. Adequate boats and shelters have been set up to deal with the floods. Adequate rice and cash have also been allocated at the upazila level for the flood victims. As a result, he thinks that the effect will not be so much.


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