Repairs to embankments after the disaster warrant swift action
The ruling Awami League legislator for the Patuakhali 3 constituency took part in the general discussion in parliament on Wednesday on the budget proposal for the 2021-2022 fiscal year as he had a sign hanging from his neck emblazoned with a slogan that roughly translates to “No other request than backfill. ‘ The lawmaker – who faced the wrath of residents in his constituency when he went there to distribute relief supplies to those affected by Cyclonic Storm Yaas, which flooded Bangladesh’s coast on May 26 – said that residents in his area carried the same signs demanding the construction and repair of landfills. The ruling Awami League lawmaker for Khulna 6 constituency faced the wrath of residents in his constituency on June 1 when he traveled to Koyra in a trawler. Several hundred people struggling to repair a dike along the Kobadak River, damaged by Cyclone Yass, bombarded the lawmaker with mud. Such protests from the population, in which some officials of the Water Development Board were also reportedly attacked, say the government failed to take adequate action early to repair damaged dikes.
All this also points to perceived irregularities in the construction or repair of embankments which, especially in coastal areas, caused damage to the lives and livelihoods of people. The government spends money on such constructions and repairs, but dikes break almost every time floods or tidal waves inundate areas and erode dikes, dealing a severe blow to life and livelihoods. of these people. It leaves people vulnerable to such natural calamities, which sometimes persist for a long time, whenever embankments break, damaging the houses where they live, washing away the ponds where they raise fish, damaging the crops they cultivate and leaving them. destroyed roads and establishing communications. difficult. It is quite natural that people who are repeatedly faced with such problems and who have to wait for years, as has been seen in previous cases of floods and cyclones, stand up for repairs. Trapped between such repeated occasions, people can hardly have time to lead normal lives and advance in their economic development. That’s why they want to repair the dikes first and they want it more than other relief supplies. If the dikes do not rupture, they may not need to go into distress every time natural disasters such as cyclones and floods strike them.
It is therefore imperative that the government put an end to corruption and irregularities in the construction or repair of landfills to prevent people from suffering what is ruining their lives and livelihoods. The government should also get down to repairing the dikes as soon as possible after each natural disaster that has devastated the dikes, especially in coastal areas where such structures protect their lives and livelihoods.