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Erosion takes its toll as floodwaters recede: Over 200 families of two villages made homeless in Gaibandha in six days

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Our Correspondent, Gaibandha


Bamboo piling proves too inadequate to save the Ashrayan project houses meant for rehabilitation of 160 destitute families in Kapasia union of Sundarganj upazila under Gaibandha district as erosion by the Teesta River has taken a serious turn in the area. PHOTO: STAR



Erosion by the Jamuna and Teesta rivers has taken a serious turn in different areas of the district as floodwater continued receding during the last few days. During the last six days, over two hundred families of Khatiyamari and Nishchintapur villages in Fazlupur union of Saghata upazila under the district lost their houses due to serious erosion by the Jamuna River, said Joynal Abedin Jalal, chairman of Fazlupur union parishad in Fulchhari upazila.

“It’s the third time I am shifting my house due to erosion by the Jamuna River. The destination is unknown,” said Khaibar Rahman of Nishchintapur village in Fulchhari upazila. Kanchipara, Fazlupur, Uriya, Gajaria in Fulchhari upazila, Haripur, Kapasia, Belka, Tarapur, Chandipur unions in Sundarganj upazila, Kamarjani in Sadar upazila, Saghata Sadar, Ghuridaha, Haldia unions in Saghata upazila are also badly affected.

Around 160 families living at a shelter under the government’s Ashrayan project meant for homeless people at Kajiyar Char along the Teesta River in Sundarganj upazila under the district are passing worrying time as erosion has taken an alarming turn in the area. As two barracks of the shelter went into the riverbed, ten families were shifted to a safer place on Tuesday, said Jaharul Islam, project implementation officer, Sundarganj upazila.

The residents with the help of upazila administration are erecting bamboo spar and dumping sandbags to stop the ongoing erosion. Upazila administration and Kapasia union parishad allocated Tk 2 lakh and 27 tonnes of rice under general relief for taking temporary protection measures with bamboo spar and sandbags, he said.

On Monday Ferdous Hossain, 4, of Ujan Burail village in Sundarganj upazila was drowned in floodwater. Mehdi-ul-Shaheed, upazila nirbahi officer of Fulchhari, on Tuesday distributed 10 kg of rice each as relief among 300 victims of erosion and flood in Galna, Ziadanga and Bhajandanga villages.



Source: thedailystar





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