Flood victims desperately in need of help
Saturday, 06 September 2008

Preparations needed for dealing with impending danger

Continued onrush of waters from the upstream has deteriorated the flood situation in northern and north -eastern parts of the country causing untold miseries to the victims as many men, women and children have been forced to leave their homes and take shelter in makeshift shelters. Many more areas of the country are likely to be inundated afresh as the major rivers are continuing to swell up every day. The flood situation in Sylhet district has taken a serious turn due to heavy rainfall. Reports predict that more low lying areas in the districts of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Jamalpur, Serajganj, Tangail, Munshiganj, Manikganj, Faridpur, Madaripur, Shariatpur, Dohar and Nawabganj of Dhaka district, Shibganj and Sadar of Chapai-Nawabganj district is likely to be submerged anytime. The flood has already caused alarming damages to crops and properties. Crops including vegetables and transplanted Aman as well as Aman seedlings have been damaged in many areas due to the flood. Fish from hundreds of ponds have been washed away inflicting heavy loss to the fish farmers. Besides, the flood-affected people are facing shortage of food, drinking water and medicines, according to reports. Most of the flood victims have been passing days in miserable condition, as they did not get any assistance or relief from government or non-government organisation till now. Against this backdrop, the authorities should immediately start rescue and relief operation in the flood affected areas on an urgent basis to redress the sufferings of the victims. Steps should be taken to open sufficient number of shelters for the flood victims and arrange emergency relief for the destitute. Supply of food, drinking water and medicines for the needy has to be ensured. Besides, as the situation is deteriorating with a threat to inundate more areas and affect more people, the authorities should make preparations for dealing with the impending danger.

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