Hundreds of people of different villages in Sadar upazila formed human a chain in front of K Jahan Market in the municipality area yesterday morning, demanding protection from tidal surge and erosion by the River Meghna.
The victims joined the programme organised by five non-government organisations-- Coast Trust, Dwip Development Society, Family Development Society, Grameen Jono Unnoyon Sangstha and Palli Seba Sangstha.
Speakers at the rally said, the vulnerable 18 kilometres of Bhola town protection dyke had not been repaired for long. A 50-feet fresh breach on Monday inundated nine villages in Sadar upazila, they added.
Besides, people of 50 more villages in Charfashion, Monpura and Daulatkhan upazilas became marooned in the last couple of days, they added. The speakers also pointed out that the problem had been continuing for years as the authorities concerned turned a blind eye to the matter.
Meanwhile, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed visited the flood affected villages in Sadar and Daulatkhan upazilas yesterday and the day before and distributed 12000 saris and 6000 lungis among the affected people.
During his visit, the minister assured the effected people of taking necessary steps soon to protect the district from tidal surge.