River erosion in 5 Districts: Houses, cropland, roads devoured
At least five districts in the country are facing erosion as river water started receding there, causing immense suffering to people.
Several hundred houses, vast areas of cropland, roads and other establishments have been devoured by the rivers in the districts.
In Kurigram and Lalmonirhat, around 420 homesteads, 2,000 bighas of land, 56 fruit orchards, four mosques and a community clinic have been devoured.
The officials of the two district administrations said many more homesteads, structures, and croplands were at high risk.
Nazrul Islam, of Kurigram's Rajarhat upazila, said he and his neighbours managed to move their furniture and other valuables to safe places but could not protect their houses.
"The Teesta has eroded our homesteads," he said.
Contacted, Ariful Islam, executive engineer of Kurigram Water Development Board (WDB), said they would take necessary measures on an emergency basis to check the erosion.
In Tangail, the Jamuna and its branches continued to devour several hundred houses, croplands, roads and other structures.
The worst affected upazilas in the district are Sadar, Kalihati, Bhuanpur and Basail.
According to the district relief and rehabilitation office, at least 368 dwelling houses were devoured by the rivers in the last two weeks.
Tangail District Commissioner Ataul Gani said relief assistance including cash incentives would be provided to the victims.
In Manikganj, homesteads of at least 20 families and vast areas of cropland have been devoured by the Padman in Harirampur upazila in the last three weeks.
Around 200 more houses and other structures are at the risk of being eroded, said locals.
Main Uddin, executive engineer of Manikganj WDB, said they already started dumping geo bags to prevent river erosion.
In Sirajganj, over 100 homesteads and some croplands have been eroded by rivers in Shahjadpur and Chowhali upazilas in the last month.
Although the water level in the river started receding, people in the low lying areas remained submerged.
Meanwhile, a bulleting of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), released at 9:00am yesterday, read all the major rivers in the country are in falling trend that may continue for the next 72 hours.