Thursday, December 17, 2020

Headlines Disappear. But Problems Don't

  Super-cyclone Amphan, which battered the south of Bangladesh in late May. Bangladesh’s disaster management department has said 300,000 people have been affected by the flooding. About 50,000 people are still displaced. They have spent the months since Amphan living on government land, camped out by the riverside or near roads or in cyclone shelters.

“We are able to successfully evacuate millions of people and it can prevent loss of life but people are still losing their homes, land and livelihoods. There is a lack of support after the cyclone,” Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development explained.

The long-term effects of flooding are pushing Bangladesh’s rural populations into already crowded cities, expanding their slums.

“Unfortunately, with climate change and rising sea levels, people in the lower coastal districts of Bangladesh will gradually lose their livelihoods as fishermen and farmers, They will be forcibly displaced. This needs to be actively addressed by both the national government and the international community,’ he pointed out.

'It's over for us': how extreme weather is emptying Bangladesh's villages | Global development | The Guardian

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