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Erosion takes serious turn with recession of flood water: Fresh areas inundated in Gaibandha

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Star Country Desk


With flood water receding, erosion on the bank of Dharla River at Mogholhat village in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila has taken a serious turn. PHOTO: STAR



With flood water receding, erosion on the banks of the Brahmaputra in Kurigram and the Teesta and Dharla in Lalmonirhat has taken a serious turn. Meanwhile, flood engulfed fresh areas in four upazilas of Gaibandha as the Teesta and the Jamuna further swelled yesterday.

Our Kurigram correspondent reported that erosion by the Brahmatputra made at least 115 families homeless in Ghogadaho and Jattrapur unions under Sadar upazila in the last two days.
The Brahmaputra was yesterday flowing 1.72centimetres below the danger level at Noonkhawa point in the Jattrapur union, WDB sources said.

The affected villages are Brommatar, Maisherkuti and Rasulpur under Ghogadaho union and Farajipara, Garuhara, Bhabindapur and Jattrapur village under Jattrapur union. Abdul Malek, chairman of Ghogadaho Union Parishad, said around 2-km embankment from Maisherkuti to Khamer Rasulpur is under the threat of erosion.

Local WDB staff are putting bamboo spars and dumping sandbags to protect the dyke from onslaught of the river. In Lalmonirhat, the Teesta and the Dharla devoured around 200 homesteads in Hatibandha, Aditmari and Lalmonirhat Sadar upazilas in the last two days, according to our correspondent.

The erosion-hit people have taken shelter on the embankment of the Water Development Board (WDB) and roads and highways in the area. The affected villages are Mogholhat, Badaitari, Etapota, Khuniyagachh, Kalmati under Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila; Kutirpar, Gobordhan in Aditmari upazila; and South Sindurna, Dawabari and Madhya Goddimarui villages in Hatibandha upazila, WDB sources said.

Akkel Ali, 56, of Badaitari village under Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila said his homestead had gone into the Dharla yesterday morning. His family has taken shelter on a road in the area.



Turbulent Jamuna River has continued devouring areas at Purbo Hajirhat village in Uria union of Fulchhari upazila under Gaibandha district. The photos were taken yesterday. PHOTO: STAR


Mogholhat UP Chairman Habibur Rahman Habib said the Dharla devoured many homesteads, cropland, and orchards in the union under Sadar upazila on Friday morning. Contacted, Executive Engineer Enayert Ullah of Lalmonirhat WDB said they have no fund to take immediate measures to check river erosion.

Our Gaibandha correspondent adds: Water level in the Teesta and Jamuna marked a sharp rise yesterday, inundating fresh areas in 19 unions of four upazilas. Over 30,000 people have been marooned in the flood affected areas. Many roads in the flood-hit areas have already gone under knee to waist-deep water.

District administration distributed 50 tonnes of rice and Tk 1.5 lakh among flood affected people. With the rise in water level in the two major rivers, erosion have so far rendered over 300 families shelterless in some other areas in the four upazilas. The victims have taken shelter on high land and WDB embankment.



Source: thedailystar



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