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Thousands yet to be rehabilitated

9 years after Aila

WT24 Desk

Thousands of people in the affected areas are yet to be rehabilitated nine years after the deadly cyclone, Aila, hit the southwestern region of the country, Agencies report.

Survivors continue to struggle for food, habitation and safe drinking water, and fight with river erosion and unemployment.

As Aila made landfall, it ripped through a large swathe of territory covering some 11 districts of Bangladesh on 25 May 2009.

The damage caused by the storm was particularly severe in Shyamnagar and Ashashuni upazilas of Satkhira, and in Koyra and Dacope of Khulna.

The people of Pratapnagar, Ashunir, Padmapukur, Gabura areas of Shyamnagar were fighting for food and they have to walk miles for safe water.

The memory of lethal cyclone was still hunting people which left the whole area without any trees halting any kind of farming.

Many along with families went outside the district, failing to get any work. Approximately 80,000 people could not return to normal life as they do not have any work.

Immediately after the cyclone, some government and non-government organisations arranged different projects of food in exchange of work, which exist no more now.

According to official estimate, 190 people were killed in the cyclone while nearly 1 million people lost their homes.

Even more perniciously, Aila damaged most water infrastructure and contaminated all sources of surface water in southwestern Bangladesh, leading to a drinking water crisis that persists to this day.

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