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>FILLING up of eighty percent low lying areas and water bodies in the capital by encroachers is the main reason for water logging in the city, since those used to be the major channels for draining out rain water, Helemul Alam writes quoting experts.
The rivers around the city were also encroached upon over the years worsening the situation, they added.

The experts cautioned that the problem of water logging in the city will fast deteriorate if the lost water bodies are not recovered and rehabilitated immediately.

Abu Naser Khan, chairman of Save the Environment Movement said, “Although the number of storm drains in the city was much lower 15 years ago, still the residents did not suffer from the severe water logging they face now, as there were enough unencumbered water bodies and low lying areas in the city, eighty percent of which are now filled up by encroachers.”

Most of the city’s 43 canals have been encroached upon and totally or partially filled with dirt over the years, said architect Iqbal Habib who is also a member secretary of the Urbanisation and Good Governance Committee of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon.


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