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Serious Erosion in 4 Sirajganj Upazilas: 12,000 families rendered homeless in two weeks

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Our Correspondent, Pabna

 

The staff quarters of Chowhali police station in Pabna district being devoured by the Jamuna last Tuesday while the turbulent river, washing away the protection embankment on its bank, has already reached the plaque (down) marking completion of the protection work. PHOTO: STAR

 

Erosion by the River Jamuna rendered at least 12,000 families homeless in several upazilas of Sirajganj district and devoured a number of government and non-government offices and buildings including the staff quarters of Chowhali police station in the last two weeks.

The worst affected upazilas are Chowhali, Sadar, Kazipur and Belkuchi, said an official of Water Development Board (WDB).Chowhali upazila headquarters is now under threat of erosion as a portion of the compound already went into the river, said the upazila nirbahi officer.


The river devoured the UNO’s residence, forest department’s nursery, upazila chairman’s residence and three staff quarters of the police station during the period, said Chowhali UNO Md Abdullah.Due to serious erosion, around 10,000 families lost their homesteads in Omorpur, Bagutia, Khaspukuria, Khaskaulia and Ghorzan unions of Chowhali upazila, said Begum Mahafuza Khatun, chairman of the upazila parishad.

 

 

The staff quarters of Chowhali police station in Pabna district being devoured by the Jamuna last Tuesday while the turbulent river, washing away the protection embankment on its bank, has already reached the plaque marking completion of the protection work. PHOTO: STAR

 

Eunus Ali, assistant engineer of WDB, Tangail division, said they already wrote for funds to thwart the erosion.
Besides Chowhali, the river rendered at least 220 families homeless and devoured around 300 homesteads in Kazipur upazila, said locals.It occurred as river protection work under a project recently came to a halt, said Sirajganj Deputy Commissioner Billal Hossain.


Meanwhile, flood situation in Shahzadpur upazila of the district remained almost unchanged although water of Jumuna began to recede, reports UNB

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Floodwater still submerges more than 100 houses and 15 primary schools and vast tracts of cropland.
Upazila relief and rehabilitation office sources said the low-lying areas of the upazila were flooded as the river water kept swelling since late last month.

 

Source: thedailystar


 

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