Just a couple of hours of downpour is enough to make the lives of those living along the Bhabdah beel in Jashore's Monirampur upazila miserable.
But this year, the monsoon rains have been particularly unkind to the residents of the 80-plus villages along the beel. The root of the problem is a poor drainage network.
With clogged drains and the onrush of hill water leading to massive waterlogging in these villages, hundreds of families have been rendered homeless.
Some of these families are now living in makeshift huts along the busy Manirampur-Nawapara road waiting for the floodwaters to recede.
UNB recently visited three such villages -- Sujatpur, Bajekultia, Hatgacha -- as well as the Manirampur-Nawapara road to witness the plight of these displaced families.
In the villages, we found affected residents wading through the squalid waters to reach their homes -- posing high public health risk to the entire region.