Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Memorandum submitted to Prime Minister for Repairing Embankments

Khulna. January 25, 2010

The Aila Durgoto Sanghati Mancho has submitted a Memorandum observing
8 months of Aila. The memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister today
demanding immediate repair and reconstruction of embankments damaged
by cyclone Aila in May 2009. The memorandum said that more than 100
thousand acres of lands are still under water. The roads and highways
have broken and country boats are only vehicle to move. More than 100
thousand people are still on the embankments as their houses and
cultivable lands are under saline water.

The speakers said that the Bangladesh Water Development Board is
continuously delaying to repair the embankments. They planned to
construct ring enclosures in July 2009 but it was not implemented.
Later, they committed to reconstruct the damaged embankments within
November 2010. It was also not implemented. Now the BWDB call for
tender but decisions on repairing major 6 damage points are yet to be
taken. The speakers demanded interference of the Prime Minister to
reconstruct the broken embankments as soon as possible.

Mancho convener Advocate Feroz Ahmed, Member secretary Hasan Mehedi,
Communist Party secretary SA Rashid, JSD president Rafiqul Huq Khokon,
Biplobi Workers Party secretary Manirul Huq Bacchu, Shammobadi Dal
secretary FM Iqbal, Labour leader Faruk-Ul-Islam, Juba Gonoforum
secretary Iqbal Hossain Biplob, Humanitywatch coordinator Shariful
Islam Salim, Masud Rana and Aila affected area representatives Dheeman
Mondal, Debasish Roy and Manirul Islam was present among others and
address the gathering before submission of Memorandum.

The memorandum has also been sent to the Minister of Food and Disaster
Management and Minister of Water Resources over fax.

Hasan Mehedi
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