The Bangladesh government is about to declare a “state of water emergency” in the drought prone Barind tract in the northwest of the country, where over-extraction of groundwater for rice farming and dwindling rainfall caused by climate change have combined to create a crisis.
Erroneous environmental and economic development measures in Halda valley have put the river and its rich biodiversity at stake.
The measures include faulty site selection to protect river banks, rubber dams to increase crop production and industrial effluent discharge.
The community clinic is like a silver lining for the coastal population plagued by salinity. There was a time when the marginalised people had to accept living with diseases and ailments due to lack of primary healthcare.
While Bangladesh’s literacy stands at 72 percent people like Tara Bibi, remain averse to the idea of sending her children to school.
The much-coveted ban, ensured twice every year, has hiked Bangladesh’s Hilsa produce to a whopping annual average of 387,211 tonnes,65% of the global Hilsa catch
In a bid to assist the industrial growth of the southwestern region, the government recently reclassified a number of industries as ‘Green’ which were previously categorized as ‘Red’
Ten more rivers flowing from India to Bangladesh may soon get official recognition as transboundary rivers, enabling joint management by the two governments