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Our Correspondent, Lalmonirhat

Wednesday, March 27, 2013



Erosion by the Dharla River has taken a serious turn affecting eight villages under Mogholhat union of LalmonirharSadarupazila. The photo was taken from Chawratari village. PHOTO: STAR



Erosion by the Dharla River has taken a serious turn rendering more than 180 families at eight villages in Mogholhat union of Sadarupazila homeless in the last one week. The villages are Chawratari, Kurul, Majhitari, Mogholhat, Etapota, Wapda Para, Bhatiyatari and Das Para.

About 600 bighas of cropland and at least 12 orchards, a mosque, a madrasa and an eidgah were eroded by the river during the period. Besides, over 500 families and a number of government and non-government establishments, including Mogholhat BGB camp, are now under the threat of erosion.

Many erosion-hit people have already taken shelter on road, said an official of Water Development Board (WDB). During a recent visit, this correspondent found many villagers leaving their homesteads and shifting households to safer places in fear of further erosion. Abdul Goni, 48, of Chawratari village, said “The river devoured my homestead, 12 bighas of cultivable land, an orchard and a bamboo cluster in one week”.

Another erosion-hit victim, Mohammad Ali, 52, of the village, said that he also lost his homestead, five bighas of cropland and a fruit orchard. Despite repeated pleas, the authorities are yet to take any steps to check the erosion, said HabiburRahmanHabib, chairman of Mogholhat union parishad.
The erosion might devour more homesteads, croplands, orchards and important establishments if no initiative was taken without much delay, he said. Contacted, executive engineer of Kurigram WDB Abu Taher said that they recently sent a letter to the higher authorities seeking fund.

We are waiting for the reply, he said.



Source: thedailystar






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