Experts at a meeting on Wednesday suggested installing an improved early flood-warning system, taking a long-term agricultural plan, constructing and repairing dams and creating alternative employment opportunities in haor areas.
Addressing a report launching event at CIRDAP Auditorium in Dhaka, they also recommended setting up manufacturing plants, food storage and better communication for market expansion, offering assistance for women entrepreneurs and taking effective measures to prevent and control river erosion in haor areas.
Two ministers designated to guide flash flood-impact mitigation in haor belt, however, told the meeting that the affected people should be supported by adaptation measures which were suited best for them.
Water resources minister Anwar Hossain commented that the post-flood impact mitigation should proceed on the basis of people’s actual requirements rather than on foreign donors’ prescription.
State minister for finance and planning ministry Muhammad Abdul Mannan said that an early warning system would help the haor people take loss-mitigating measures as monsoon flood was inevitable.
In the event, Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research’s water resource management specialist Probal Saha presented excerpts of a report on ‘lives and livelihood issues of Haor dwellers’.
According to the report, flash flood, erosion, fragile communications and poverty were among the major problems in Haor areas.
Moderated by BRAC director KAM Morshed, the event was also addressed by water resources ministry senior secretary Zafar Ahmed Khan, Save the Children deputy country director Ishtiaq Mannan, BRAC’s integrated development programme head Shyam Sundar and World Vision’s humanitarian and emergency affairs director Dolon Josef Gomes.
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