Damaged bridges add to people's woe
Damage of two bridges under the impact of surging floodwater in Tangail and Gaibandha districts causes disturbance to vehicular movement in the areas.
Vehicular movement on Delduar-Lawhati Road in Tangail has remained suspended for the last two days due to damage of a bridge on the Elongjani river, reports our correspondent.
A part of the bridge including around 10 metres of the west approach road of the bridge at Charpara Elachipur Bazar in Fazilhati union of Delduar upazila was damaged after a passenger bus of Hanif Paribahan with over 50 passengers got on it around 4:00am on Friday, said Tofazzal Hossain, chairman of Fazilhati union.
The road, connecting Dhaka-Aricha Road in Kalampur through Delduar upazila Sadar, is used by a number of passenger buses as alternative route to reach the capital when traffic jam is created on Dhaka-Tangail Highway, he added.
Mir Shakil Ali, upazila engineer in Delduar, said the incident occurred due to removal of soil under the approach of the bridge due to pressure of the huge current of floodwater.
"State Minister for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim, who visited the spot the same day, instructed us to take necessary steps. We are making a bamboo bridge to help people cross it. Later, we will take step for passage of light vehicles after dumping sang bags," he said.
The damaged bridge will be fully repaired after end of the rainy season, he added.
Delduar UNO Shahadat Kabir said they have already requested Water Development Board for checking erosion of the river to save the bridge as well as houses of local people.
Our Gaibandha Correspondent reports: Road communication between the district headquarters and Fulchhari upazila is badly disturbed as collapse of a bridge at Boali caused suspension of vehicular movement on the road, much to the sufferings of the people of seven unions in Fulchhari upazila.
“This road, the main connecting route between Fulchhari upazila and district headquarters, was used for carrying a large number of passengers and huge quantities of goods. Now we have to cover much longer distance, which costs additional cost and time,” said Abdul Majid, a trader of Fulchhari.
In July last year, the bridge got sagged and tilted amid pressure of surging water and the upazila parishad arranged dumping sandbags and earth filling work to restore road communication over the tilted bridge only for light vehicles.
On June 20 this year, the bridge tilted further and so, movement of all kinds of vehicles had to be suspended.