Water crisis Myth & Reality


Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated cities of the South-Asian countries. Due to rapid urbanization process, the city is emerging as a mega-city and this trend generates numerous economic and social externalities and social cost such as deterioration of environmental quality, increased pollution and congestion. 30 to 50 percent of total Dhaka residents are Slums dwellers. Slums of Dhaka city are beset with a number of socio-environmental problems specially ‘water’ crisis.

 

“In slums from early morning hours passed & water pot gathered gradually. Queues of water pots & lines of people are regular scenario of the slum. Government van comes once in a day with drinking water. They have no idea exact when the van will come, so they line up their water jars & sit beside. Most of the inhabitants of these slums are climate refugees. Most of the slum dwellers stand in lines before the sun rises. After passing the long queue, knowing that this impure water causes sickness, they feel that they are fortunate. Their consolation is that at least they don’t have to leave with empty pots” – Gmb Akash

Apparently the place seems like garbage, though this is the most desired place of the inhabitants of Mirpur slum in Dhaka city. For water, in this thirsty zone queue stars near midnight. After an immense time of patience they got quiet impure water which often makes them sick. In spite of all they give a cheerful smile when they touch the water after passing the long queue. No dirty water can kill their hope & smile.

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In slums straggling for water starts before the sun rises. A boy collects water for his family near mid night for avoiding the long queue.

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In Mirpur slum, slum dwellers have to waits hours & hours in queue for water. Children use to drink water whenever they got chance to get the pipe. Slum dwellers of Mirpur hardly get drinkable water. Bad smell & impure wastage made the water high-risk. Dhaka. Bangladesh

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A woman is fighting for water. Children & ladies stand up in queue before the sun rises. Slum dwellers of Mirpur hardly get drinkable water. Bad smell & impure wastage made the water high-risk.

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Rohingans living in Burmese refugee’s camp has no facilities for drinking water. A Rohingan woman is collecting drinking water from rain source. Water fall of mountain is the only source of water for them. Else they have to travel 2kilomiter for collecting that impure water.

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Women have to spend several hours & travels long everyday for collecting drinking water. In Shatkhira, they have to go long distance, they usually collects water from ponds. After boiling water hardly removes salts & thus they make the water drinkable.

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Children & women have to spend several hours & travels long everyday for collecting drinking water. In Shatkhira, they have to go another part of the river for collecting water. After boiling water hardly removes salts & thus they make the water drinkable.

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Satkhira District is in the southwest coastal area of Bangladesh. Cyclone Aila hits 14 districts on the south-west coast of Bangladesh on the 25th May 2009. The cyclone caused 190 immediate deaths, injuries to 7,103 people, damage to 6,000 kilometers of roads, more than 1,700 kilometers of embankments to collapse, more than 500,000 people to become homeless. Because of this calamity all fields got salted & farmers become helpless. As well in Shatkhira people are not getting clean drinking water, as the water is salt affected.

 

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Children & women have to spend several hours & travels long everyday for collecting drinking water. In Shatkhira, they have to go another part of the river for collecting water. After boiling water hardly removes salts & thus they make the water drinkable. Farmers can not produce crops because of salinity. In such a situation inhabitants lives become itself a calamity living by every day’s straggle.

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The woman is going to collect water from a Tube well, which is the only tube well for seven villages. The inhabitant of char in Noyakhali has to travel 3-4 kilometers by walking to collect drinking water.

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“In this corner of the world people are fighting to get a pot of drinkable water. Their lives have collapsed in need of getting a pot of fresh water. People are experiencing severe thirst which may never come to an end if “Water”- could not save by Human” Gmb Akash

 

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18 thoughts on “Water crisis Myth & Reality

  1. Interesting. Regarding the reference to Aila cyclone, I remember the Minister for Food and Disaster Management, Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, stated one year after the disaster that he knew for a fact that the people of the affected areas did not need any kind of help.

    This was coherent with the Government’s refusal of acknowledging the studies by international organisations and the extensive offer of help relocating the people deprived of their homes and lands by the floods of seawater due to the destruction of the embankments, as described in the article.

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    • In 2009 Aila attacked Shatkhira area, after two years when that pain has not been forgotten this place again faced the ferocious attack of flood. While in these two years affected people were trying to build their destroyed fate again in 2011 flood has taken their last hope from them. People are suffering like prisoner of devastating water kingdom. There helplessness & shouts are not getting into ears of rest of the people around the world & surroundings.

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  2. No longer Myth but only ‘Reality’. Thank You Akash for sharing these hard reality of water crisis amongst the unpriviledged in our country.

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  3. Thanks for sharing Akash…

    We (me & family) haven’t gone thru this kind of experience in Malaysia, not that I know off, frankly, not in our house.

    My kids always took loooong bathing time, I’ll show these pictures to them. This is to make them feel sorry and learn how to safe water.

    Please share more touching pictures again.

    All the best to you, dear!

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    • Dear Bawang, your realization inspire me to spread among others about this crisis that
      unprivileged people are facing in my country. If we human are not aware about valuing important element
      like “water” we will face severe crisis in near future. My thanks to you for realizing the situation. My best
      wishes to you 7 your family.

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  4. I like the way you educate people.
    At this moment large muti-national companies are buying up water reservoirs all over the world. In some places in Latin America water is protected by armed guards. The people living near the drinkable waters are being kept out while companies ship and bottle water so that people in USA and Europe can drink it, even though they/we have water from the taps in our homes that are drinkable.

    Everyday I am grateful for the water in my tap and we should handle it with care – for as you show we are rich just because we have clean water.

    Keep up the good work

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