Communications between Baramchal union and Munshibazar in Kulaura upazila ground to a halt three days ago when a gaping hole was created in the approach road of a bridge.
It is a vital road in the area as nearly a thousand people use it daily to reach the upazila headquarters. It is also one of the shortest roads connecting Kulaura and Rajnagar upazilas.
The huge hole was created apparently after the guide wall on the north side of the bridge gave way and, subsequently, the earth in the road subsided due to incessant rains during the past several days.
Several cracks also developed on the road adjacent to the hole, said locals.
Rashidul Islam from Munshibazar village said the collapse of the guide wall lead to the subsiding of the approach road.
Unless the repair work is done soon, the bridge itself and a larger part of the road might get washed away if the area gets flooded during this ongoing monsoon, he also said.
Binoy Roy of the same area alleged that the approach road subsided as it was made only with pure sand, extracted from a nearby river. Also, failure to ensure necessary compaction during construction could be another reason for the damage of the road.
Officials of Kulaura Upazila Parishad, however, blamed the torrential rain for the subsiding of the approach road of the bridge.
During a visit to the area, a number of locals complained of immense sufferings as the authorities did not yet start repair work on the road. Some others said the bridge has become so hazardous that they were avoiding even walking on it.
Rickshaw-puller Mohammad Humayun said he was left without any income after communications on the road broke down.
Shafi Ahmed Salman, chairman of the upazila parishad, said they were trying to start repair work of the approach road at the soonest.