Flood-affected people paying for govt’s wrong policies: BNP

Flood-affected people paying for govt’s wrong policies: BNP

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party said on Thursday that people affected by flood had to pay for the government’s wrong policies.

‘According to the experts, unplanned activities are going on in the name of development of Sylhet. The incidence of floods has increased due to blocking of the normal course of the rivers by damming them,’ BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said at a press conference at the party Naya Paltan central office.

He said that the government had not been able to develop an ‘early warning system’ even after floods occurred in the same region every year.

‘It is never possible for a nation to achieve all-round  prosperity by a government whose programmes aim to push people into endless misery,’ he said.

He said that flood and destruction had become synonymous in the greater Sylhet region while floods were wreaking havoc in Sylhet, Sunamganj and Moulvibazar regions due to hill slopes and heavy rains.

‘Homes and farms of many people have faced severe damage. Hospitals, educational institutions, offices, fish ponds and crop fields have been washed away. In Sylhet, it seems as if the earth is being washed away by the torrential rain,’ he said.

Rizvi said that the government’s indifference to the raging violence caused by repeated floods every year was surprising.

‘Disoriented people are not getting any safe shelters due to the rains and water from upstream,’ he said, adding that even after making a high lift inside the house, it is not possible to survive.

The condition of Rangpur and Mymensingh divisions in the north-eastern region is also dire, he said, adding that due to high speed of water from upstream, the rivers are overflowing in Sylhet and Rangpur divisions causing heavy floods on both sides.

He said that millions of people were marooned by floods.

He also said that no relief reached the flood-affected people in greater Sylhet, Rangpur and Mymensingh while millions of the affected people were spending their days in a helpless state.

‘I strongly urge all levels of BNP leaders and workers in the region to stand by the flood victims,’ he said.