Many homesteads also stand threatened by the devastating river erosion but the local Water Development Board remains unmoved, locals alleged
With the decrease in Padma water level, the river bank erosion has turned acute devouring 11 educational institutions and over 200 houses at Dhulshura union in Harirampur upazila of Manikganj.
Many homesteads also stand threatened by the devastating river erosion but the local Water Development Board remains unmoved, locals alleged.
Dhulashura Union Parishad Chairman Jahid Khan said even his own home is at stake due to the erosion, and no action is being taken to repel it. “Unless steps are taken, schools, madrassas, mosques and other buildings will soon disappear in the Padma,” he said.
Affected people were seen moving to safe shelters with their belongings while many have taken shelter in their neighbours’ and relatives’ houses.
Dhulashura Syednagar Government Primary School has already disappeared in the river while Syednagar Government Primary School in Harirampur is currently under threat.
District Primary Education Officer Nilufa Rahman said 11 educational institutions have so far been destroyed by the erosion.
Executive Engineer of WDB (Manikganj) Mahbub-e-Mawla Md Mehedi Hasan said there has been no fund allocation to fight the erosion, although Tk20 lakh was received as part of emergency measure to save Syednagar Government Primary School.
“Sand bags will be dumped across a 110-metre area to save the school,” he added.