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Scorching heat poses threat to livelihood in Sylhet

HeatA drought-like situation has been prevailing in the region, especially in its vast barind tract, for the last couple of days affecting the normal life badly,
According to the sources concerned, the ongoing scorching heat and sultry weather have been posing a serious threat to the overall public health, especially coupled with acute water crisis in the 12 upazilas of Sylhet districts.
To face the natural catastrophe, substantial and sustainable promotion of water-related modern technologies have become an urgent need as the vulnerable water situation is closely associated with the adverse weather.
Local met office recorded the season’s highest temperature at 37.8 degrees Celsius on May 21 and the mercury level remained above 36 degrees in most of the days in the last two weeks. So far, the local Met office recorded only 112.9 millimeters rainfall during the current month.
Doctors at Sylhet Osmany Medical College Hospital have advised people to drink enough water, if possible cold particularly during the daytime, for rehydration.
Dr Azijur Rahman, associate professor of Medicine of Sylhet Osmany Medical College Hospital, told that children, newborn babies, elderly people and cardiac patients suffer most due to sultry weather.
Prof M Haque of Geology and Mining Department of Sust said that the drought condition is directly affecting the water level and creating a negative impact on the livelihood in the region.He said the common consequences of drought such as
desertification, eroding landscapes, less crop growth are occurring due to lack of water for irrigation purposes.
He said over 13,000 deep tube-wells are being used to extract groundwater every day for farming the irrigation-dependent paddy to feed the gradually rising population. He said that most of the hand-driven tube-wells have become inoperative posing a threat to the commoners’ livelihood in the region.He put emphasis on recharging groundwater through enriching the surface water resources through necessary excavation and re-excavation of the derelict ponds and canals and treatment of the water on an emergency basis.
To overcome the prevailing odd situation, the expert favoured for feasible water and sanitation technologies and large-scale uses of surface water including the rainwater in the area.Massive afforestation, less use of groundwater and preservation of rainwater have become essential for irrigation and drinking purposes to get rid of all the hazardous conditions, he opined.