Framers of Nizampur in Kalapara upazila under Patuakhali district form a human chain at the upazila headquarters yesterday demanding immediate steps to repair the broken embankment in their area to save farmlands from flooding by saline water. PHOTO: STAR
Farmers of three villages in Nizampur area under Kalapara upazila in the district formed human chains at three separate places yesterday, demanding immediate steps to repair the flood control embankment that collapsed in the area on June 13.
Over 500 farmers formed joined human chains in front of Kalapara Water development Board (WDB) office at 10:00am, upazila parishad office at 11:00am and Kalapara Press Club at 12:00noon to mount pressure on the authorities concerned to meet the demand.
They later submitted memorandums to the superintendent engineer of Water development Board (WDB), upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) and upazila parishad chairman.
Superintendent Engineer of WDB Md Shahbuddin Ahmed, Kalapara Upazila Parishad Chairman Abdul Motaleb Talukder, and UNO Md Jahangir Hossain assured the farmers that they would take necessary steps as soon as possible to repair the dyke.
Over 200 feet area of the embankment collapsed at Nizampur, letting tidal water enter to the three villages. Local farmers are facing uncertainty about aman paddy cultivation as vast agricultural lands have been affected by saline water.
Abdul Maleq Akhond, chairman of Mohipur Union Parishad, said two to three feet water flooded Nizampur, Eusufpur and Puratan Mohipur villages in the upazila following collapse of the flood control embankment under the impact of tidal surge.
“The authorities concerned should take immediate step to repair the damaged embankment to prevent further damage,” he said, adding that Water Development Board (WDB) repaired the embankment last year but it has collapsed due to low quality work.
Contacted, Md Shahbuddin Ahmed, superintendent engineer of WDB, said repair work of the damaged embankment will start within two or three days.