Erosion by Dharla river in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila devouring a road in Kulaghat village. PHOTO: STAR
At least 200 families at 13 villages of five upazilas in the district have been rendered homeless in the last five days due to serious erosion by the rivers Teesta and Dharla.
A large number of victims took shelter on the government roads, high lands in the villages.
The erosion-hit areas are Bumka, Shiberkuti, Etapota, Pangatari, Kalmati villages of Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila, Kutirpar, Balapara villages of Aditmari upazila, Bhotmari, Jamirbari villages of Kaliganj upazila, Sindurna, Gaddimari villages of Hatibandha upazila and Mahimpara, Dahagram of Patgram upazila in the district.
People hit by Dharla erosion at Bumka village of Sadar upazila told this correspondent yesterday that the river took a devastating turn in the last five days, devouring homesteads, orchards and croplands.
Erosion victim Manowar Hossain of Etapota village in Sadar upazila, said his six-member family took shelter on the government road after the river eroded his house and land.
Asgor Ali, another homeless victim at Mahimpara village in Patgram upazila, said he lost his homestead to Teesta River erosion besides four bighas of croplands in the last five days.”
Kulaghat union parishad (UP) chairman in Sadar upazila Idris Ali said, he had already contacted the Water Development Board (WDB) official seeking necessary steps to check the river erosion in his union but yet to get any response.
Dahagram-Angarpota union parishad (UP) chairman at Patgram upazila Habibur Rahman said, erosion by the Teesta turned serious in his union but the WDB was yet to take any step.
"Many homesteads, croplands, orchards would go into the river in the next one month if no step was taken soon," he said.
Executive Engineer of Lalmonirhat WDB Sahahjahan Talukder told this correspondent that erosion by the rivers turned serious at 13 villages. The rivers have already rendered at least 200 families homeless in the last five days, he said.
“There is no fund in my office at the moment to take any steps to check the erosion at these villages,” he said, adding he already wrote to the authorities concern seeking fund and was waiting for action.