The government’s failure in providing promised supports to the haor people following the last year’s flooding had put them in dire situation, observed Haor Advocacy Platform on Saturday.
About two crore people of haor areas would face grave crisis this year if the flash flood hit again, HAP warned at a press conference in Dhaka on the current condition of haor region that includes seven north-eastern and middle-eastern districts of the country.
Reading out a written statement, civic body HAP’s joint convener Sharifuzzaman Sharif said the 2017 flooding destroyed almost all of the Boro rice cultivation and sank farmers into extreme crisis.
‘The farmers were hopeful as prime minister Sheikh Hasina visited Sunamganj in May 2017 and promised to provide them with all sort of supports,’ he said.
But, unfortunately, the government failed to give all supports, especially the necessary agricultural inputs to the farmers, he said.
Sharif said the people in haor areas were facing extreme food crisis as the government failed to provide enough relief materials and ensure food security.
He also said that government had continued the food support through Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) and Vulnerable Group Development (VGD) programmes to the affected people for two months after the flash flood.
‘Besides, haor people demanded temporary withdrawal of lease of water bodies, which could help them to run their livelihood by fishing, which was not met’, he said.
Addressing the conference, Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon joint secretary Mihir Biswas said they found 17 haor at Jamalganj upazila in Sunamganj district were still under water in their field visit over there, as the water development board was not repairing the embankments and dredged the surrounded rivers.
‘If flash flood hits again, it might bring havoc in the livelihood as the people were yet to recover the loss of earlier year’ he said.
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