Floodwater washed away Majnu’s dream
Published: 11:01 AM, 6 July 2020
Photo: Daily Bangladesh
With selling the property and borrowing money from the others Abu Taleb Majnu, a farmer from Dhantala village in Belgachha upazila of Islampur upazila of Jamalpur, was dreaming of making a duck farm. The dream was washed away like straw in the flood as his 400 ducks were swept away by the flood water.
Majnu was able to save some ducks and he was feeding the ducks near his house on Sunday afternoon.
He said that he is survived by his wife and three children. He was working as a day laborer on someone else's land. He made a duck farm at home to support his children's education and family expenses. There, he started rearing 800 ducklings and his family was going well by selling duck eggs. But in the meantime, the flood ruins his dream.
Majnu said, “The water of Jamuna river increased due to the flood days ago. About 400 ducks from his farm were washed away due to strong current in the water. On the one hand flood has submerged the crop, on the other hand so many ducks on the farm have been washed away. All these have made me devasted.”
Majnu has trapped some surviving ducks with nets. But it is not enough for carrying on the family. Where will they find duck food, where they can not afford their own food. Where it is difficult to provide two meals a day, it is a nightmare to pay for the children's education.
Like the farmer Abu Taleb Majnu, many people on the banks of the Jamuna in Islampur are living inhumane lives. It has reported that the people of the lower areas have not solved the problem even though the water level in the flood-hit areas has decreased. The crops have been destroyed, roads have been destroyed and there has been a shortage of food and clean water while the fishes and farm chickens of the many people have been washed away in the floods.
Jamalpur DC Mohammad Enamul Haque said, “Many low-income people had been affected by the early floods. Maximum preparedness has been taken to deal with the situation. Necessary relief and financial assistance are being provided to the victims by the district administration.”