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Ashrayan Project 2: Houses collapse after flood in Barisal

  • Published at 09:24 pm July 9th, 2021
Ashrayan Project 2 Barisal
Several houses have collapsed and are slowly being washed away by the rising tide in Sreepur union of Mehendiganj upazila in Barisal Dhaka Tribune

Upazila administration blame cyclone Yaas, while locals cry irregularities

Several houses built under the Prime Minister's Ashrayan Project 2 in Mehendiganj upazila of Barisal have collapsed before they could be handed over to the beneficiaries. 

Locals say that these houses have collapsed because they were made with low-quality construction materials.

Meanwhile, a probe committee formed by the upazila administration concluded that the houses were damaged and weakened by the strong tidal waves triggered by the recent cyclonic storm Yaas.

Forty houses were constructed in Baherchar village of Sreepur union under the Prime Minister's Ashrayan Project 2, according to Mehendiganj Upazila Council sources.

According to local sources, 11 such houses in the Sreepur union have collapsed and are slowly being washed away by the rising tide. 

Locals alleged that these houses quickly collapsed due to the use of substandard materials and lack of supervision by the upazila administration during their construction.

Raising allegations of irregularities, locals said that the responsibility should have fallen onto the then upazila nirbahi officer but instead, only the union chairman was seen directly involved in the construction of these houses.

However, UP Chairman Harun Aur Rashid denied the allegations of irregularities and blamed the recent cyclone Yaas for all the damage.

Asked why such land was picked for the project, Upazila Nirbahi Officer Shahadat Hossain Masud said the land was selected by the former upazila nirbahi officer and that it had only been two months since he took office.

The UNO said all 40 houses in Baherchar were flooded by tidal surges on the day of the cyclone Yaas. 

It was later found that two houses were completely destroyed and nine houses were partially damaged, he added.

“The technical committee formed by the local administration has blamed cyclone Yaas for the collapse of the house and not the construction work,” he added.

Meanwhile, the fund allocation necessary for the repairs came in late so the works started only three days ago, he also added.