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Dyke collapse floods 30 villages : Bhola Sadar, Borhanuddin Upazilas

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Our Correspondent, Bhola

Published: Sunday, May 26, 2013



 Submerged Jainpuri Madrassa at Batamara village in Borhanuddin upazila. Photo: Star



The embankment of the river Meghna collapsed at different points in Bhola Sadar and Borhanuddin upazilas on Friday, inundating at least 30 villages.

Locals said the dyke collapsed at the vulnerable points during high tide under the impact of full moon. In Sadar upazila, at least 20 villages have been flooded as water entered through different points of the dyke from Tulatoli of Dhania union to Miar Haat of Elisha union.

The worst affected villages are Tulatoli, Baliakandi, Guramiar Hat, Chouddoghar, Tobgi, Bhabanipur, Sahamdar, Nich Kachiya, and Miar Hat.

Several cracks developed in a five kilometers area of the embankment last year, but the authorities concerned did not repair the vulnerable points, the villagers alleged.

Emdad Hossain Kabir, chairman of Dhania Union Parishad, said over 3,000 families have been affected by flood in the union. They have taken shelter at high lands and need immediate relief, he added.

Fazlul Kader Maznu Mollah, chairman of Sadar Upazila Parishad, visited the areas on Friday and provided 10 tonnes of rice for the flood-hit people.
In Borhanuddin upazila, around 10 villages in Boro

manika union have been submerged due to collapse of the river dyke during the high tide.
The flood-hit villages are North Batamara, South Batamara, Kuralia, Haraner Haat, Mollar Haat, Janata Bazar, Patorir Haat, Bangla Bazar, Shelter Bazar, and Notun Bazar.


A damaged portion of the Meghna River embankment in Tulatoli area under Sadar upazila of Bhola district as the dyke collapsed at different points in the two upazilas on Friday, flooding over 30 villages. Photo: Star


Moreover, water entered the villages through several damaged portions that remained without repair for a year.

Zahir Uddin Babar, chairman of Boromanika Union Parishad, alleged that contractors with the connivance of some WDB officials misappropriated a portion of the allocated fund and did not repair the breached or vulnerable points of the dyke properly.

Therefore, the dyke collapses ever year, affecting crops and homesteads at several villages in the union, he said.Kabir Hossain, sub-assistant engineer of the Water Development Board (Division-1), said they had floated five tenders on May 22 and will repair all damaged portions of the embankment soon.


Source : thedailystar







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