Save Bhola from Meghna erosion
A procession was brought out at Manpura upazila headquarters under Bhola district on Friday demanding immediate government steps to protect the people of Bhola from erosion by the Meghna.
Bhola District and Town Protection Sangram Parishad and local socio-cultural organasations jointly organised the programme.
The processionists paraded the main roads of the upazila town and then held a rally in front of the UNO's office with Golam Nabi Almagir, convener of the parishad, in the chair.
Addressing the rally, the organisers of the programme said the mighty river has already devoured about 200 square kilometer areas of Bhola, Daulat Khan and Tajumuddin upazilas, displacing about two lakh people.
They said the area of Bhola is gradually shrinking due to erosion and lack of protection embankments. Besides, fishes worth crores of taka have been washed away and other resources damaged by the recent floods, they added.
The speakers said Shahbazpur Gas Field Project in Bhola is now under threat by Meghna erosion. The river may devour a portion of the gas field at Hakimuddin Bazar in Borhanuddin upazila if protection work is not started right now, they added.
They have threatened to launch a tougher agitation programme if steps are not taken to protect around 15 lakh people of the district from erosion and flooding.
Many areas under Bhola Sadar, Daulatkhan, Manpura and Tajumuddin upazilas have been inundated as the sea level has gone up 3 to 5 feet above the normal level due to the influence of full moon.