Floods wreaked havoc because people are forced to live in disaster prone areas

Bangladesh faces increased natural disasters: Experts

Bangladesh is facing increased natural disasters such as cyclone, salinity, drought, heavy rainfall and thunderstorm, coastal erosion, flood and flash flood, she said in her presentation.

Over the last few years, Bangladesh has achieved remarkable success in climate change adaptation activities (such as disaster management, rehabilitation) and also made progress in mitigation of climate risks, she added.

“Thousands of hectares of land in the southern region of our country have become unsuitable for agriculture because of climate change. Other regions are also affected by floods, salinity and other natural disasters.”

Dr. Nandan Mukherjee, Post-Doctoral Researcher, UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, School of Social Sciences, University of Dundee, 

The National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA), Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan for Bangladesh were adopted by the Ministry of Environment and Forest in 2009, she mentioned.

Dr Md. Golam Rabbani, Head, BRAC-KfW Climate Bridge Fund Secretariat, said approximately one billion US dollar is being invested per year in Bangladesh for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Green financing is being developed and allocation of budget for climate resilience is being implemented. Emphasis is put on solid waste management, and rainwater harvesting to address the climate effect, he added…READ ON

Floods wreaked havoc because people are forced to live in disaster prone areas

Rapid urbanisation and government failure to deliver adequate housing are among the driving forces behind the proliferation of informal settlements across South African cities and towns. These informal settlements are notorious for their perilous and unhealthy conditions.

People stand amid the remains of a building destroyed by flooding at the KwaNdengezi Station, near Durban.
Image: Reuters/Rogan Ward

This has been sharply illustrated in recent flooding in Ethekwini (Durban), the port city in KwaZulu-Natal province, and its surrounding communities. The catastrophic flooding has claimed hundreds of lives and countless families have been displaced from their homes, worsening the dire housing problem many were already in.

It’s difficult to provide adequate housing, primarily because there isn’t enough suitable land in the right places. The unavailability of suitable land for adequate housing is due to stunted progress in urban land reform. This, in turn, is crippling the capacity of local governments to provide adequate housing in areas that are not prone to disaster…READ ON

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