The Greed of the Mighty Rivers Class 9 Assignment HW Section: D Answer

Man And Climate Class 9 HW Section: D Answer



The Greed of the Mighty Rivers

The greed of the mighty rivers A Read the following text and answer the questions. Meherjan lives in a slum on the Sirajgonj Town Protection Embankment. Her polythene-roofed shelter looks like a cage. She is nearly 45 but looks more than her age. In front of her shelter, she is trying to make a fire to cook the day’s only meal. Her weak hands tremble as she adds some fallen leaves and straw to the fire. The whispering wind from the river Jamuna makes the fire unsteady. The dancing flames remind Meherjan of the turmoil in her life.

Not long ago Meherjan had everything-a family, cultivable land and cattle. The erosion of the Jamuna gradually consumed all her landed property. It finally claimed her only shelter during the last monsoon. It took the river only a day to devour Meher’s house, trees, vegetable garden and the bamboo bush. She had a happy family once. Over the years, she lost her husband and her family to diseases that cruel hunger and poverty brought to the family. Now, she is the only one left to live on with the loss and the pain. The greedy Jamuna has shattered her dreams and happiness.

There are thousand others waiting to share the same fate like Meherjan. Bangladesh is a land of rivers, some of whose banks overflow or erode during monsoon. Erosion is a harsh reality for the people living along the river banks. During each monsoon many more villages are threatened by the mighty rivers like the Jamuna, the Padma and the Meghna. It is estimated that river erosion makes at least 100,000 people homeless every year in Bangladesh. In fact, river erosion is one of the main dangers caused by climate change. If we can’t take prompt actions to adapt to climate change, there will be thousands of more Meherjans in our towns and villages every year.

HW Section: D. Complete the summary of Meherjan’s life with words/phrases from the box.

Meherjan is a typical (1) ………………… woman who lives in a slum. She lost her shelter and properties (2) ………………. the erosion of the river Jamuna. She also lost her family. Her husband had died of diseases caused by poverty and (3) …………….. Now, she is only a (4) …………. Like Meherjan there are many people who have become the (5) ………. of river erosion. River erosion is still posing (6) ……………….. to the lives and properties of thousands of people. People living (7) ………………… the rivers are the most likely victims of river erosion. Each year about (8) ………………… people become homeless due to river erosion in Bangladesh. Meherjan’s life is just one (9) …….. ……….. of how climate change (10) …. ………… the lives of thousands of people.


1) victims

2) due to

3) shortage of food

4) slum dweller

5) victims

6) threats

7) close to

8) one lakh

9) example

10) affects

Class 9 English 4th Week Assignment Answer

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