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Reach out to all flood victims

  • Published at 12:00 am August 10th, 2016
Reach out to all flood victims

Although the overall flood situation has improved in the last few days, the suffering is not yet over.

It is of utmost importance that relief is able to reach all affected areas, including hard to reach areas like Chilmari upazila, Kurigram, and many others where houses are still under water and supplies are scarce.

Bangladesh has been dealing with the devastation caused by heavy floods for a long time, and although the government and NGOs have come a long way in tackling the challenges of relief and rehabilitation, there is still a long way to go.

There are still far too many people in the flood-affected areas suffering from lack of pure drinking water, medicine, and sanitation facilities in the aftermath of the floods that affected 17 districts across the country.

It is a matter of grave concern that six rivers are still flowing above the danger level, as assessed by the flood forecasting and warning centre.

The government should reach out to people in remote affected areas where many people are forced to continue living in school buildings, and on roads and flood control embankments.

More immediate and practical relief operations need to be carried out nation-wide in the face of this adversity. Another objective of the government should be to ensure more rehabilitation programs for villagers who have lost their sources of income due to damaged crops in the flood.

More needs to be done to prepare villagers in remote areas to prepare for floods and their aftermath, such as issuing warnings of heavy rainfall, and helping them stock up on food and medicine.

If we can create a better, more sustainable system for flood relief, much human misery can be averted in the coming years.