Govt takes no effective step to tackle flood: Khaleda

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Aug 14,2017 | Updated: 23:54, Aug 13,2017

 
 
Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday alleged that the government had not taken any effective initiative to tackle the severe situation in fresh flood-hit districts in the north-eastern region of the country. In a statement, Khaleda, who is now in London for treatment, said the government was only rendering lip service without providing realistic service. She said the government had no emergency relief work in the affected areas and still did not take any effective step to evacuate the flood-hit people. If revengeful attitude towards opposition was the key driving force of the government, the government would never be able to reduce sufferings of people and tackle natural disaster, reads the statement signed by BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. She said as the only objective of the present government was to cling to power ignoring people so they (government) never took public sufferings into account. The BNP chairperson said the flood situation in the country now worsened with swelling of rivers due to heavy rain for the past few days. Besides, due to opening up of gates of barrage in India in the upstream of Teesta, danger level of the river water broke all previous records, she said. Crops in vast areas, homesteads, communication, lives and livelihood of people on both sides of many rivers including Teesta in Bangladesh were affected badly, Khaleda said. She said a large areas of the country was now under water due to on rush of water from upstream. The district towns of Panchagarh, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram and Ragnpur went under flood water, she said. Khaleda urged her party leaders and activists and affluent people to immediately stand beside the flood-affected people.

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