Wave-global issues

Dohar is a sub-district of Dhaka and borders the Padma River. The powerful lotus behaves like a monster in summer, eating the land around it and even changing the usual floating path. It caused huge erosion and displaced residents on both sides of the river. Due to climate change, floods have caused environmental degradation. Dohal, Dhaka, Bangladesh.Image credit: Mohamed Rakipur Hassan
  • Mohammad Rakibul HasanDhaka, Bangladesh)
  • International news agency

With a population of more than 166 million, Bangladesh is in danger because it is located between the two main rivers, Brahmaputra and Ganges. Many areas of the country are also prone to drought. As a developing country, Bangladesh does not have sufficient financial resources to take protection or restoration measures.

The award-winning Bangladeshi photojournalist Mohammad Rakibul Hasan’s photographic story “Wave” captures photos of people who see this crisis as a human problem. Bangladesh is a small and overpopulated country in Southeast Asia, which is dominated by an agricultural economy. In addition, climatic disasters such as cyclones, floods, droughts, soil salinity and river erosion are now more frequent. These two facts have led to more and more climate refugees being forced to migrate to cities, thereby exacerbating socio-economic problems.Barrage Dams built across rivers within the borders of India have caused riverbeds in Bangladesh to flood and dry up. When the water level rises, major rivers such as Padma, Jamuna, Megna, Brahmaputra and small rivers in coastal areas will be eroded. Due to the long-term drought, the temperature is rising at an alarming rate every year. Sadly, people cannot adapt to this rapidly changing climate and are on the verge of social and economic insecurity. The waves, whether they appear or not, will not bring any hope to these people. When they attacked, they took away precious land and lives. When the waves disappeared, only the dry and cracked riverbed remained.

Report on the influence of Farakka barrage on human body structure. Manisha Banerjee, representing the South Asian Dams, Rivers and Peoples Network (SANDRP).

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