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A deadly flood is a reminder of the need for cooperation


Flood-affected people queue in flood waters to collect food aid after heavy monsoon rains in Sunamganj, Bangladesh on June 21. (AFP photo)

It is gratifying to note that Bangladesh and India decided to work closer together for closer collaboration in the fields of joint river and water resources management during the seventh session of the Joint Consultative Commission meeting. (CCC) held in Delhi on 14th June.

Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, there had only been one virtual JCC meeting; it was the first to actually take place.

However, according to media reports, a number of government officials and climatologists agree that India-Bangladesh cooperation in flood water management and forecasting should be enhanced to reduce damage from natural calamities. common that occur in both countries. This is due to the fact that the flood situation in the northeastern part of India and Bangladesh is worsening. As Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya are just some of the Indian states that border Bangladesh, their infrastructure development projects and weather patterns have a significant negative impact on the ecosystem and topography of Bangladesh.

The first is the deposition of sediments from the upper rivers (Indian states Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya) to the lower ports, lakes and rivers, which is a major factor in the development of these massive floods.

There are 54 rivers flowing through India and Bangladesh which directly impact the people of both nations. In recent years, severe weather has become more frequent in Bangladesh and India, causing significant damage. Environmentalists have warned that climate change could increase the frequency and severity of disasters, especially in low-lying and heavily populated areas of Bangladesh.

As crucial as collaborative cooperation is for the effective management of the two countries’ flood waters, there is also a need for Indian counterparts to assess Bangladesh’s shared rivers.

Sadly, India is said to have drained water from cross-border rivers during dry seasons over the years, leaving several Bangladeshi rivers seemingly nearly dead and unable to handle monsoon floods.

Many local experts and media reports claim that many rivers in Bangladesh have essentially become creeks and constrained waterways, rendering them completely unable to drain a sudden increase in incoming water when India opens its floodgates to release floods. excessive water deposits during the monsoon.

Although we do not argue that Bangladesh’s Indian neighbors suffer from heavy rains and floods, the fact that Bangladesh is located downstream means that millions of Bangladeshis suffer when water is suddenly released.

For example, the Teesta River suddenly increased in volume after India opened the 54 gates of the Gajoldoba Dam just 12 days earlier, engulfing 63 villages in five districts in northern Bangladesh and isolating around 100,000 people.

We believe that this particular water spill, which involves the simultaneous opening of all floodgates, calls for caution but also for humanitarian compassion. In addition, the Teesta Dam in the interior of Bangladesh was endangered by the sudden release of water upstream, forcing the Bangladesh Dam authorities to activate all 44 gates of the dam.

In order to regulate the gates during monsoon and floods, we expect the two countries to work together to develop a damage control and early warning system. Simplifying your life should not be at the expense of others.

To reduce the damage caused by the tragedies common to both nations, India and Bangladesh should work together more closely in flood management and forecasting.

We can say this amid the current disasters affecting the eastern and northern parts of Bangladesh, where people are coping with their suffering and loss. Indian residents who live downstream from adjacent Bangladeshi territory across the border also have similar problems.

Environmentalists fear climate change could cause additional disasters, especially in densely populated Bangladesh. South Asian neighbors have recently experienced more extreme weather, resulting in significant damage.

India has offered Bangladesh to help it deal with the floods as the northeastern regions of the two countries are devastated by the floods. We also experienced flooding in the northeast. We are now sharing long-term flood control data, India’s foreign minister said, noting that the two neighbors shared 54 rivers. This is good news for Bangladesh and India. Joint cooperation is necessary in this respect to serve the common interest.

As India and Bangladesh bear the brunt of flooding every year due to their location in the world’s second largest river basin, experts from both countries stress the importance of adopting an “integrated approach” and ” regional cooperation” to reduce the enormous economic and human costs.

The Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna (GBM) basin, which India and Bangladesh share with Bhutan, China and Nepal, is experiencing a number of water management problems caused by floods, droughts and water distribution. Whether it is erosion or flooding, there should be a shared understanding of the issues. Scientists from both countries, as well as perhaps China, which is also part of the Ganges-Brahmaputra, should work together to find answers to the problems. So, China should cooperate with India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal as well. China cannot remain silent on this issue.

As India and Bangladesh bear the brunt of flooding every year due to their location in the world’s second largest river basin, experts from both countries stress the importance of adopting an “integrated approach” and ” regional cooperation” to reduce the enormous economic and human costs.

Due to their location in the second largest river basin in the world, India and Bangladesh suffer the most from flooding each year. Experts from both countries stress the importance of having an “integrated approach” and “regional cooperation” to minimize the astronomical financial and human consequences.

There are many water management challenges caused by floods, droughts and water distribution in the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna basins, which are shared by India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China and Nepal. There should be a common understanding of the issues, be it erosion or flooding. To develop solutions, scientists from both countries – and perhaps also from China, given that the Ganges and Brahmaputra are connected – should collaborate.

However, the deadly floods remind us of the urgency of India-Bangladesh-Nepal-Bhutan-China cooperation in flood management.