Local sources said erosion by major rivers has intensified in many areas, causing immense sufferings to the people
The overall flood situation remained unchanged but river erosion has taken a serious turn in different parts of the country on Wednesday.
Local sources said erosion by major rivers has intensified in many areas, causing immense sufferings to the people.
A large number of houses, structures, trees and crops on vast tracts of land were washed away by floodwaters and strong current of rivers in different flood-hit areas.
Erosion by the rivers Padma, Jamuna and Brahmaputra continued in different places of Shariatpur, Gaibandha, Bogra, Jamalpur and Rajbari districts.
The erosion took a serious turn in the places along the riverside areas in the last couple of weeks.
Our correspondent Kazi Nazrul Islam reported that the Padma River is in a rising trend and speedy current is engulfing houses and establishments rapidly in the Naria upazila.
A private hospital named Life Care was engulfed by the river on Wednesday morning.
The erosion swallowed houses, schools, dams, roads, business establishments, mosques, in the last few days while positive initiatives by the authorities concerned were not visible to prevent the erosion, locals alleged.
The residents of river bank are going through days of fear of further erosion while several more houses are still at greater risk.
Victims have to live under the open sky as their dwellings were washed away by floodwaters. They face huge losses as their croplands have also been washed away. Now, they are seeking assistance to erect their houses.
The government has distributed relief among the flood victims in the affected areas, but these are not adequate, said the victims, adding that they are seeking financial assistance to build their dwellings.
Kabir Bin Anwar, Secretary of the Ministry of Water Resources, visited the flood-hit area on September 15 and declared that immediate steps will be taken over the issue. But there is no visible scene of his announcement, alleged locals.
Meanwhile, Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved a proposal to award a contract to Bangladesh Navy-run Khulna Shipyard to protect the Zajira and Naria upazilas in Shariatpur from river erosion at a cost of Tk1077.58 crore.
The committee at a meeting, with Finance Minister AMA Muhith in the chair, gave the go-ahead to the proposal placed by Water Resources Ministry, reports UNB.
Briefing newsmen the Cabinet Division additional secretary Nasima Begum said under the proposal, the Khulna Shipyard will implement the project of the Water Development Board to protect 8.90km of riverbank of the Padma at the Zajira and Naria upazilas of the Shariatpur district.
The contract work includes 9.75km dredging, 0.089km end-termination and construction of 8 RCC concrete ferry terminals.
The approval of the cabinet body came at a time when thousands have been rendered homeless in scourge of the Padma erosion in Shariatpur's two upazilas over the past three months.
A portion of the flood-control dam in the Uliapara area collapsed under the pressure of gushing waters of the Jamuna River, submerging hundreds of villages in the Islampur upazila of Jamalpur, reported Bishwajit Deb, our correspondent.
The onrush of hill water from across the border for last few days deteriorated the flood situation in the upazila further, leaving thousands of people virtually marooned.
Seasonal crops on vast tracts of land were inundated by the floodwaters, said Upazila Agriculture Officer Shakhawat Hossain.
Geo bags have been dumped into the area to protect the dam, said Water Board Sources.
According to reports of our Gaibanda correspondent Md Tajul Islam, river bank erosion has taken a serious turn at different points along the Brahmaputra River bank in the Sundarganj upazila in the district creating immense sufferings to the victims of the erosion.
Local sources said at least 500 families of the upazila became homeless in last few days and the erosion also devoured many academic and religious institutions including arable land.
Besides, the inhabitants, who are living on the bank of the river, are terrified and anxious as the river might devour their homesteads and agriculture land any time.
The river-eroded landless people who have taken shelter on the flood control embankment and other safer places are living in hardship; their sufferings knew no bounds.
The Water Development Board Executive Engineer Mahbubur Rahman said emergency based measures have been taken to protect the dam and the victims.
Nazmul Huda Nasim, our Bogra correspondent, said erosion of Jamuna and Bangali rivers has taken serious turn Bahuldanga, Manikdair, Dangorgacha, Gonokpara, Bheramara, Godagari, Malopara, Nizberubari, Paikpara, Machirpara and Bashhata villages in Sariakandi upazila.
Water Development Board Executive Engineer Hasan Masud said the rivers crossed the 17cm danger level in the evening.
Steps will be taken soon to stop the erosion, he added.
Erosion in the Padma River has taken an alarming turn in Rajbari, as it has already forced thousands of families, under the Sadar upazila, to leave their houses, while, with the fall in water level, villages within the district are becoming more vulnerable, said Kazi Tanvir, our correspondent.
According to Water Development Board sources, the water level had started receding and the strong current started to erode the river bank, croplands, houses and other infrastructures.
Some families, who had been living in makeshift houses on the embankment for the last few days, said they had been going through the days miserably and claimed that they were yet to receive any relief or assistance from the government.