Recommendations to check flashfloods at Muria Haor fall on deaf ears

Recommendations to check flashfloods at Muria Haor fall on deaf ears

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Although Boro rice cultivation at Muria Haor in the district is frequently affected by flashfloods, the government has taken no remedial measures so far.
Each year, huge Boro paddy on a vast track of land in Muria Haor gets inundated by flashfloods, a common phenomenon during the season.Agriculture officials estimate that rice harvest worth several hundred crore taka are destroyed every year by flashfloods in the haor area. Talking to UNB, Bianibazar upazila agriculture officer Nasir Uddin said the government had formed a high-power committee with experts from the Institute of Water Modelling (IWM) and Centre for Environmental and Geographic Information Studies (CEGIS) several years back to assess the damages caused by flashfloods in area.He said the committee submitted a report recommending remedial measures back in 2007. It recommended some planned interventions to protect the rice fields from flashfloods and also submitted a plan for execution in three phases, he said, adding that the project cost was
estimated to be Tk 30 crore.Muria union parishad chairman Abul Khair said Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) prepared a project proposal for the development of Muria Haor and submitted it to the Water Resources Ministry in 2007. The project was aimed at solving the problem of flashfloods in the area in three phases, he said.Sources said the project proposed for the rearrangement and renovation of crop protection dams across the Muria Haor. It also proposed initiating capital dredging of the Kukhiara and the Surma rivers to increase their water retention capacity.The ‘Master Plan of Haor Area’, undertaken by the government in 2012, shows about 19 lakh hectares of lowlands in eight haor districts account for 52 lakh tonnes of rice production every year. -UNB, Sylhet

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