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BD winter temperature may rise to 30°C in 2050: Experts

Teesta basin people would be the worst sufferers, they say

Published : Saturday, 3 September, 2016 at 12:00 AM Count : 411
Laboni Yeasmin

RANGPUR, Sept 2: As part of worldwide climate change, the temperature of winter season in Bangladesh may hike to 30 degree Celsius in 2050 causing deleterious effects on the environment and people's livelihood not only in the southern region but also in the northern part of the country.
The worst victims will be the inhabitants of the Teesta River bank in northern region. So, the authorities concerned must take effective measures to resolve the problems.
Green experts came up with the remarks at a daylong workshop titled 'Findings of Situation Analysis on Teesta River's Lower Floodplains' held at Begum Rokeya auditorium in the city recently hosted by HI-Aware.
Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) Director and Senior Fellow Khandker Mainuddin presided over the workshop where Hi-Aware Co-Principal Investigator Dr Abu Syed and IDRC Senior Program Officer Dr Kullar  Subramaniam Murali consulted about the solution to the problems.
Dr Abu Syed said, "the climate is changing not only in Bangladesh but in South Asian countries also. People living on the banks of Himalayan rivers are in great risk now as the ice of the great mountain has started melting. Hi-Aware is working in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan in this regard."
According to the data represented at the workshop, a total of 2, 154 ml raining is recorded in Bangladesh since past 62 years that started decreasing from 1980. About 30 million people living in Teesta basin where 71 per cent of them are living in Rangpur. This huge community is facing various problems of foods, shelter, medicine and health during the flood times every year.
Due to climate change, Bangladesh's temperature is very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter that is a great threat to agriculture. 75 percent people are dependent on agriculture in the Teesta char regions. But they are being departed from agriculture for facing different problems caused by climate change. Meanwhile, Aush cultivation fall by 30 pc although Parija  cultivation increased in the area. On the other hand 46.1 percent people are suffering from absolute poverty and 30.1 percent people are suffering from ultra poverty in Rangpur division mostly in char areas, the speakers also said.
A large part of population in Rangpur region is living on the banks of the Teesta. During the flood, the water crisis becomes acute. In the meantime, the worst sufferers are women who face severe problem during their periods and are forced to spend the day in an unhealthy environment and proper sanitation. The farmers, workers, day laborers, and young children are also the worst sufferers. So by observing livelihood of char people, their problems must be accepted to the proper authorities, speakers opined. It is also said in the workshop that the victims are deprived of  government  relief in remote char areas.
The lawmakers on the other hand are unable to notice these problems in most cases. So they called for long-term and sustainable programes to resolute the problems of the people living in the area. Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies Research Fellow SM Tanbir Hassan also spoke at the workshop where, among others, Go- NGO officials and media persons were present.

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