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Meghna-Dhonagoda River dyke at risk

  • Published at 04:13 pm August 10th, 2016

The people around the Meghna-Dhonagoda River dam at Matlab upazila in Chandpur have been passing their days amid fear of erosion by the Jamuna River, since cracks have developed at several points of the dyke.

According to local sources, the dam was built on 64 square kilometre land in 1987 where 4,00000 people live on 18,000 hectres land by cutivating crops.

Due to incessant rainfall and rise of water level in the river erosion has taken serious turn causing immense sufferings to the people living beside the dam.

At least 50 cracks have developed from Beltoli to Galimkha Bridge area.

In the wake of rising and receding water level, the people in the area have become panicked in apprehension of losing their belongings.

Rampant plying of water vessels like trawlers and cargos through the river on a regular basis adds to onrush of upstream water resulting in strong current.

Locals fear that the dam may collapse anytime causing damage crops on thousands acres of land.

They alleged that some local influentials are increasing the danger by lifting sand from the river.

They urged the government to take action against the illegal business.

Matlab Upazila Chairman Manjur Ahmed said he had informed the matter to the executive engineer of Water Development Board (WDB).

He also said : “ I have informed the incident to the Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya.”

Rafique Sarker , 60, of Mohonpur village said in the wake of rising and receding water level, the dam was facing the risk of destruction.

Meghna-Dhonagoda River Dam Irrigation Federation General Secetary Sarker Mohammad Alauddin said : “ I have visited the area recently. The people should not be panicked as sand bags have been placed around the dam.”

The upazila chairman, WDB executive engineer and Nasiruddin, assistant comissioner visited the area. They also echoed the words of Alauddin.

Locals alleged that Mahmudul Hasan, a lease holder of the WDB and his associates lifted sand from the river putting the dam at risk.

The upazila chairman also blamed the WDB for the vulnerable siuation of the dyke.

When contactd, Executive Engineer of WDB Ataur Rahman said the dam was not at risky position.

'We are trying to repair the dam immediately,' he said.


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