It may not be possible for Bangladesh to avoid recurrent flooding and water-logging problems if India continues to control trans-boundary river waters arbitrarily, observed environment experts at a conference in Dhaka on Friday.
They said that instances occurred when India opened barrage gates deteriorating flood situation in the country from bad to worse.
With climate change impacts taking effects, said the experts, India would have more water to release in the coming years from intense raining and the threat of Bangladesh being flooded gets even greater.
‘Bangladesh-India coordination in management of trans-boundary river waters is inevitable to solve the flooding problem in Bangladesh,’ said Khalequzzaman, professor at geology and physics department, Lock Heaven University, USA.
His comment came following a presentation that showed how flash flood in north-eastern Bangladesh is related to on rush of water from upstream in India and how little Bangladesh could do to help the situation.
He said that the onrush of water was the result of heavy rainfall which was likely to become even more intense due to climate change impacts in coming years.
Khalequzzaman presented one of several dozens of papers presented on the first day of two-day-long special conference on flood, water-logging and landslides.
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan and Bangladesh Environment Network are jointly organising the programme at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh auditorium.
BAPA joint secretary Sharif Jamil demanded that India removes all its barrages.
Water management expert Ainun Nishat called for creating political pressure on India to stop it from arbitrarily managing trans-boundary river waters.
Availability of water is related to production of food and the failure to manage river waters may mean to have the country’s food safety affected, said Nishat.
As many as 57 major rivers in Bangladesh are originated in India and Myanmar.
Economist Wahiduddin Mahmud, supreme court lawyer Sultana Kamal, Bangladesh Paribesh Andolan vice-president Khandker Bazlul Haque, its general secretary Abdul Matin, BAPA member M Feroz Ahmed, BEN coordinator Nazrul Islam, architect Iqbal Habib and Institute of water modelling executive director M Monwar Hossain attended the conference.
Topics focused in papers presented during the conference included water-logging in Dhaka and Chittagong; landslides; impact of Rohingya intrusion on environment, river and canal encroachment; and river erosion.
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