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Erosion by Jamuna devours 200 homesteads in 3 days

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Our Correspondent, Manikganj


Erosion by the Jamuna River has taken a serious turn, devouring croplands and homesteads in five unions of Daulatpur upazila under Manikganj district during the last couple of days. The photo was taken from Baghutia in the upazila on Thursday. PHOTO: STAR



Erosion by the River Jamuna took a serious turn, devouring around 200 homesteads and a vast tract of croplands at different villages in four unions under Daulatpur upazila in the last three days.

The worst affected villages are Islampur, Bashail, Munshikandi, Jotkashi, Beparipara, Fakirpara and Rahatpur in Baghutia union, Chuadanga, Hajipara, Kacharipara and Uttarkhanda in Bachapara union, Wahed Alir Para, Gobindapur, Noker Ali Matborer Para, Baghpara and Mandalpara in Charkatari union and Baratia, Amtoli and Boinya in Jionpur union. The erosion-hit people have already taken shelter on government roads and high lands, said an official of Water Development Board (WDB) in the district.

A number of educational institutions, markets and mosques of the area are under threat of erosion, said Md Akter Hossain, chairman of Baghutia union parishad. Despite repeated pleas, the authorities are yet to take any steps to check the erosion, said the chairman. Manikganj WDB sub-divisional engineer Md Abdur Razzak said they already dumped sandbags at different points to thwart the erosion.

Golam Parwar, management and maintenance officer of WDB, said they wrote to the authorities for funds but yet to get any response. Meanwhile, erosion by the River Dhaleswari has eroded a large number of homesteads, and vast tract of farmlands and orchards at Sreedharnagar village in Ghior upazila. Local people formed a human chain on the bank of the river on Thursday, demanding immediate steps to stop the erosion.



Source: thedailystar





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