World leaders, water experts and development professionals have gathered in Stockholm to discuss and jointly find solutions to the world's several escalating water crises.

The 2015 World Water Week, themed Water for Development, welcomes over 3,000 participants from more than 120 countries to the Swedish capital, representing governments, academia, international organizations, civil society, the corporate sector, and many others.

The role of water for development cannot be overestimated. Water is the foundation for all aspects of human and societal progress. We need it to survive – literally, to quench our thirst, to prepare our food, and maintain our hygiene, but it is also central to economic and social development, sustainable growth, and a prerequisite for healthy ecosystems.

Read more: Leaders in Stockholm to seek solutions to world's water crises

মূল নকশা অনুযায়ী কাজ না করা-ই প্রতি বন্যায় ভেঙ্গে যাচ্ছে কক্সবাজারের বেড়িবাঁধ। ধীরে ধীরে বিলীন হচ্ছে ষাঠের দশকে ণির্মিত কক্সবাজরের সি ডাইক ও ইন্টারিউর ডাইক বেড়িবাঁধ। বন্যা, জলোচ্ছাস, জোয়ারের পানিসহ বিভিন্ন সময়ের প্রাকৃতিক দূর্যোগে ভাংছে জেলার বাঁধগুলো। দীর্ঘস্থায়ী ও টেকসইভাবে নির্মণ না করে শুধুমাত্র মাটি দিয়ে তৈরী ও শুষ্ক মৌসুমে নকশা অনুযায়ী কাজ না করায় প্রতি দূর্যোগে বাঁধ ভাঙ্গনের প্রধান কারন হিসেবে দেখছেন বিশেষজ্ঞরা। তবে সমুদ্র উপকূলজুড়ে মেনগ্রোফ ফরেষ্ট উজাড় হওয়াকেও বাঁধ ভাঙ্গার কারন বলে মনে করছেন অনেকে।

Read more: হুমকির মূখে কক্সবাজারের বেড়ি বাঁধ

A recent announcement in Delhi to go ahead with a scheme to link 30 rivers across the country, including the Brahmaputra and the Ganga in the Himalayas, set off a new round of grave concerns from its next door neighbor Bangladesh.

New Delhi's renewed thrust on the project has left not merely environmentalists, but also the Bangladeshi government, its opposition and the Indian opposition worried.

The announcement seems to have overlooked Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's very recent reiterated commitment and a joint communique signed by the two prime ministers of Bangladesh and India in 2010.

Frustrated at the announcement, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government, in a letter recently, reportedly expressed grave concern saying any diversion of the waters of the Himalayan rivers would go against India's commitments to Bangladesh.

Dhaka also requested New Delhi not to implement any project to interlink rivers as it would harm Bangladesh.

New Delhi on July 13 announced its plan to go ahead to interlink four trans-boundary rivers.

Sanwar Lal Jat, Indian minister of water resources, said his ministry would soon be taking up the planning of a very important link, Manas-Sankosh-Teesta-Ganga (Brahmaputra in Bangladesh), in consultation with the governments of Assam, West Bengal and Bihar.

"This link project will not only provide large irrigation and water supply benefits to Assam, West Bengal and Bihar, but will also make available large quantities of water for subsequent transfer to southern states," he was quoted in an official statement as saying.

He said state governments in West Bengal, Assam and Bihar will soon be approached for their consent.

Read more: Bangladesh expresses concern about India's river-linking plan

India has been providing Brahmaputra flow data to Bangladesh. Now with China joining in, Bangladesh is able to double, to ten days, the number of days by which it can warn people of a flood

Bangladesh has launched a 10-day flood forecasting system this monsoon, with the help of water flow data from upstream India and China.

“Under the newly introduced system, we are providing flood forecasting that contains river flow data of 38 measuring stations of 18 rivers including the major river systems such as the Brahmaputra, Ganga/Padma, Surma and Meghna across the country from this monsoon,” Amirul Islam, director of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), Bangladesh, told thethirdpole.net.

Read more: India, China data improve flood forecasts in Bangladesh
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