The threat of monsoon (Editorial)

The monsoon rain in Nepal is necessary for cultivating crops. The country with difficult geography and terrain relies heavily on rain water for agriculture as it lacks required technology and funds to irrigate most of its fertile land through artificial ways. It is said that the economy of Nepal, a nation where about 66 per cent of population eke out their livelihood from agriculture, will receive a blow in the event of long spell of drought because such a situation mars the chance of good harvesting of important crops.

Despite monsoon rain proving a boon for the Nepali agriculture and overall economy, the same rain frequently leaves adverse impact on the lives and properties of the people. During the monsoon time, the Madhes is gripped by its disastrous impacts in the forms of floods, inundation, landslips and many other forms of disasters. Every year, fertile land of Madhesh as well as vital infrastructure fall prey to the monsoon related disasters, causing the loss of millions and millions of rupees to the people and the government coffer, not to speak of loss of life.

Currently, the monsoon rain has been lashing the breadth and width of the nation. The weather experts in the nation have warned that all major rivers of the country would witness a rise of river water to dangerous levels. All the major rivers and their tributaties have swollen to such levels that they have caused flooding as well as inundation of large part of land in both in hills and flat Madhesh. Floods have already swept away houses, killed people, cattle and domestic animals, and inundated fertile land and damaged crops and other properties.

Our monsoon miseries are the products of lack of preparedness and awareness on the part of the government authority and the people. Years after years, the people and the nation come under the assaults of the monsoon-related disasters. Many of us do know that the during every monsoon season, the same kind of disasters, such as floods, inundation, landslips and damage to the vital infrastructure, will return to haunt us. However, the people and the nation continue to fall prey to such disasters, simply because the government authorities, the concerned ministries, departments and other line agencies abjectly fail to counter the challenges in time by making thorough preparations.

Over the years we have come to realise that the government agencies have continuously been failing to set up embankments in the rivers or train the rivers and their tributaries. Likewise, proper measures aren’t taken to protect the people from landslips or steps to avoid landslides. Most importantly, our authorities are often seen failing to take necessary measures to protect highways, bridges, transmission lines and other important places from falling victims to the monsoon related disasters. Protecting these entities would save millions of taxpayers’ money while at the same time helping the government avoid ignominy of being termed as inept in handling disasters related impacts.

On the other hand, the government authority needs to equip its departments and agencies so that they can efficiently aware the common people about lurking disasters. Accurate prediction of weather situation, floods and landslides would be helpful in saving several lives and peoples properties.

During any monsoon time in the country, a common person cannot help thinking that our government should work towards making its agencies and departments efficient to tackle the challenges of monsoon related disasters. Since all natural disasters always leave a deep impact on the life and properties of the people and on the nation’s vital infrastructures, the government must make proper preparations to tackle any challenges of such natural disasters. Preparedness to curb or control the impact of the disasters would be the key to protect the life and properties and vital infrastructures of the country. The same would enable any government in avoiding criticism for being grossly inept.

Published Date : 9 July, 2018, Monday. 

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