Char households escaping floods effectively on raised plinths

RANGPUR Like in the previous seasons, raised plinths

of houses again assisted many char households in escaping recent floods

effectively in low-lying char areas on the Brahmaputra basin this year.

The plinths were raised to save char people with properties and domestic

animals from floods under the 12-year term (2004-2016) comprehensive Chars

Livelihoods Program (CLP) to assist them in becoming self-reliant under

adverse situations.

Officials concerned said the UKaid through Department for International

Development and Australian Government through AusAID funded implementation of

the CLP under sponsorship of the Rural Development and Cooperatives Division.

Like in the previous years, the CLP beneficiary families successfully

escaped floods along with providing shelters to other displaced flood-hit

people of neighbouring inundated char areas during recent flood.

The multi-dimensional CLP was implemented by different NGOs beginning with

plinth-raising to assist char people in adapting to adverse situations amid

changing climate to improve livelihoods.

The CLP raised plinths of over 1.33 char households benefiting over 5.17-

lakh people on char areas in Kurigram, Bogra, Gaibandha, Sirajganj, Jamalpur,

Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Pabna and Tangail districts.

Talking to BSS, Senior Coordinator (Agriculture and Environment) Mamunur

Rashid of RDRS Bangladesh, one of the CLP implementing partner organisations,

said the project is assisting char people in escaping floods and adapting to

changing climate.

The beneficiary char families are enjoying the privilege and changing fortune

through various income generating activities (IGAs) following implementation

of CLP in these ten northwestern riverine districts.

Successful implementation of the CLP has become a blessing for 1.33 lakh

poor char households in escaping floods and improving their livelihoods and

living standard Rashid said.

Talking to BSS, beneficiaries Aklima, Abbas Ali, Karim Uddin, Nuru Mian

and Bulbuli Begum of different char villages in Rangpur and Kurigram narrated

as how they escaped floods during rainy seasons when other surrounding areas

became submerged.

Beneficiary Rahela Khatun of Purbo Char Gunai village on the Teesta

riverbed in Kawnia upazila of Rangpur said she raised plinths first with the

CLP assistance to become safe from wraths of seasonal floods.

Later, she established sanitary latrines and tube wells for pure drinking

water with the CLP grants to get rid of water borne diseases also bought

goats and cattle heads and homestead vegetable gardening on her raised

plinths.

Like me, the CLP beneficiary char families are saving properties,

domestic animals and poultry birds during floods on raised plinths said

Rahela adding that they are cultivating vegetables on raised tiny homesteads

after recession of floodwater.

CLP beneficiary Kulsum Begum said families of Purbo Char Gunai village are

now easily escaping floods on raised plinths though they used to take shelter

during floods in neighboring areas and the displacements caused losses to

their essentials and assets.

Similarly, CLP beneficiaries Kajoli Begum and Sahera Begum of Ghughumari

Char in Roumari upazila and Halima Begum of Char Krishnapur in Chilmari

upazila of Kurigram termed plinth-raising as their effective savior during

floods.

We remained safe with our properties, essentials and cattle-heads and

also helped our neighbours providing shelters during recent floods on our

raised plinths like in the previous years said Sahera.

Talking to BSS, Chilmari upazila chairman Shawkat Ali Sarker, Bir Bikram,

said the plinth- raising program has become effective to escape floods by

char people along with improving their livelihoods through various IGAs under

adverse situations.

Side by side with escaping floods during the rainy seasons, the CLP

beneficiary char families are rearing domestic animals, poultry birds and

cultivating vegetables, fruits on raised homesteads to change their fortune

round the year Sarker added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)