Tala (Satkhira): Correspondent: Thousands of backward people in several unions of Satkhira are suffering from water shortage due to shortage of potable water, safe toilets and hygiene. They are suffering from various diseases due to lack of safe water and hygienic toilets. Hundreds of families in 17 villages of Balli union of Satkhira Sadar upazila, 21 villages of Jhaudanga and 23 villages of Agardari union, 72 villages of 3 unions and 33 villages of Satkhira municipality are still affected by safe water, sanitary and hygiene problems. Of these, 3,626 families are in Balli Union, 8,6 families in Agardari Union, 7,922 families in Jhaudanga Union, 27,897 families in Satkhira Municipality, 8,570 families in Kalaroa Municipality and 6,353 families in Barguna Municipality. This problem is evident in 6,275 people.

A total of 5,640 people from 1,127 families including 94 families in Kanthaltala of Balli Union, 513 families in Mukundpur village and 521 families in Raipur are suffering from various diseases deprived of safe water, sanitary toilets and hygiene.

485 families in Babulia village of Agardari union, 482 families in Indrira, 650 families in Chubaria village, 58 families in Ramerdanga and 1269 families in Kashimpur village. Deprived of benefits.

On the other hand, 696 families in Chayagharia of Jhaudanga Union, 6 families in Baladanga, 180 families in Madhabkati village, 297 families in Akhrakhola and 598 families in Waria village have a total of 12,260 members of 2,456 families suffering from various diseases. In addition to malnutrition, they are suffering from various diseases including diarrhea, diarrhea, gastric, ulcer, itching, diarrhea, high blood pressure, hapani. Most people in these areas use shallow tube well water. Most of the tube wells contain arsenic and iron. About 3 lakh people in 3 unions and 3 municipalities are using arsenic and iron-rich water. Most of the tube wells in these neighborhoods are not ready yet. The base of the tube well is filled with dirt. Most members of these families do not use hygienic toilets. At one time, they used to defecate in the bushes under the open sky. Even if he is not in that condition now, the toilet he uses is not healthy at all. Disabled, elderly, women, men and children defecate there by placing 4/5 rings and 1 slab around it with sacks or cloth. 3/4 families are using a toilet. It is a luxury for them to clean their hands with soap or ashes after using the toilet. Many people are not yet aware of cleanliness.

Most of the people in the area are very poor. They earn their living by working on other people’s farms. Some people drive vans and some people go from village to village collecting bamboo and weaving baskets. It is difficult for these poor working people to buy and drink safe water. It is impossible for them to build a proper toilet at once. Besides, they are lagging behind in terms of travel and communication. Most of the roads in the village are still unpaved. They live on government khas land. In the rainy season they have to travel through the mud up to their knees. In a little rain, water falls through the holes in the rice of the house. Most family members are deprived of nutritious food. Many pregnant mothers are deprived of health care and nutritious food. Even if the children go to school, they cannot cross the secondary boundary in Peru.

Laili Begum, wife of Mech Gazi of Balundi Union, Hossainara Khatun, wife of Tohidul Gazi, Sharbanu Begum, wife of Kashem Sardar of Jhaudanga village, Rahima Khatun, wife of Abdus Sattar, Anjumanara Khatun of Akimuddin. Sardar’s wife Bilkis Begum, Hafizur Rahman’s wife Selina Khatunah and many others pointed out the problems of clean drinking water, sanitary latrines and hygiene, saying that their areas are waterlogged (waterlogged for 7-8 months during the rainy season) and there is no drinking water system. You have to travel about 2/3 km to fetch a jug of drinking water. Again, a drum of water costs 30 rupees to buy and eat. During the monsoon season, there is no place to latrine as there is water in the house. And as a result of using salt water, they are suffering from various diseases including high blood pressure, itching, backache and stomach ailments.

They further said that due to the flooding of the Betna river and the enclosure of hundreds of fish in the area, the water could not be drained properly. At this time, they sought the intervention of the concerned authorities to solve various problems including safe drinking water and sanitary latrines.

In this regard, Agardari UP Chairman Md. Majnur Rahman Mali said, drinking water problem is evident in the area. A concerted effort by government and non-government organizations is needed to provide them with safe drinking water and sanitary latrines. Uttaran has been conducting various advocacy activities in the area for a long time to uplift the extremely poor and backward sections of the society. He said that the activities of various non-governmental organizations including Uttaran need to be further strengthened.

Md. Moniruzzaman, Assistant Engineer, Department of Public Health Engineering, Satkhira, said that it was not possible to install dip tubewells in some areas including Balli and Jhaudanga due to lack of layers. However, safe water and sewerage system is better than before

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