Perspectives on Flood 1998 edited by Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmed, A K Azad Chowdhury, Syed Hasan Imam and Monaem Sarker ISBN 984 05 1546 2 2000 154pp 215x136mm HB Tk.300.00 US$23.00
Floods are a recurring phenomenon in Bangladesh, and they occur in varying magnitudes almost every year. The catastrophic flood of 1998 was the worst in living memory both in terms of area affected and its duration.
With mounting evidence of the flood threatening to assume catastrophic dimensions, a Jatiyo Tran Committee - JTC (National Committee for Relief and Rehabilitation) was set up comprising a cross-section of concerned citizens with the twofold objectives of (i) undertaking/supporting rescue, relief, and rehabilitation operations led by the government with the support of various organizations including political parties and NGOs and the people themselves, (ii) initiating studies on the nature, causes and implications of floods in Bangladesh with a view to understanding the processes and dynamics of floods, in order that the Government is better equipped to cope with floods in the future.
This book is the outcome of a seminar on Flood '98, held in Dhaka in December 1998. Papers presented in this volume are by leading professionals who are experts on the geographical, environmental, engineering, economic, and legal aspects of flood and natural disasters. They analyse the internal, regional and oceanic causes of Flood '98; assess the damages to both the urban and rural populations, to crops, livestock, infrastructure and other individual and societal assets. The authors have sought to suggest ways to possible solutions of the flood problem in terms of management of floods in the future through a planned national effort. More importantly the authors emphasize on integrating national efforts with a regional cooperation network involving the upper riparians.
Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad is Chairman, Bangladesh Unnayan Parishad (BUP), Dhaka. He is also Convenor, Core Study Group, Jatiyo Tran Committee.
A. K. Azad Chowdhury is Vice-Chancellor, University of Dhaka, Dhaka. He is also Joint Convenor, Committee on Study of Floods and Water Management, Jatiyo Tran Committee.
Syed Hasan Imam is a social thinker and cultural activist. He is also Member-Secretary, Jatiyo Tran Committee.
Monaem Sarker is Director General, Bangladesh Foundation for Development Research (BFDR), Dhaka.