BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Tuesday blamed the government's mismanagement and incompetence for the submersion of crops before harvest in unseasonal early flash floods caused by onrush of waters from upstream.
“Vast haor areas of Sunamganj, Kishoreganj and Netrokona in the country went underwater due to the onrush of upstream water. Boro crops are being damaged the most by the early flash flood,” he said.
Rizvi made the remarks while speaking at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
“Hundreds of crores of taka were allocated for the construction of dams in the haor region. The ruling party leaders and relatives of the government high-ups have been given the responsibility for the construction of the dams. As they did not build dams in time, the people in the haor region are now being subjected to huge losses,” he said.
The BNP leader also said people in the haor areas are going through serious ordeals due to the flash flood as their houses too have become submerged.
Stating that different countries are facing a food crisis due to the ongoing Ukraine War and other global problems, Rizvi said this crisis may intensify in Bangladesh as a huge swathe of land with crops has been inundated by the flash flood.
“Huge areas with crops are being submerged by untimely floods due to the incompetence and mismanagement of the government. Ordinary people's houses and crops are being damaged,” he observed.
He said the current government is least bothered about public suffering as it is indulging in anti-mass activities.
Rizvi called upon BNP leaders and activists to stand beside the affected people in the haor area with the necessary support to ease their sufferings.