The Padma devoured over 600 houses, 25 shops and vast tracts of Boro croplands in Bahadurpur, Chhoto Bahadurpur, Ujankandi, Kadamtali, Degirchar and Ramkrishnapur villages in Harirampur upazila of the district during the last one and a half months.
During a visit to the erosion-hit areas on Monday, this correspondent saw a number of villagers shifting their houses to shift to safer places in fear of further erosion.
Bahadurpur Bazar, several school buildings, orphanages and mosques in the areas are under threat of erosion, said locals.
“I with my wife and two sons now live in a rented house at neighbouring Ishakhabad village after my house was devoured by the river in last week,” said day labourer Md Liton Mia of Baro Bahadurpur village.
Another day labourer of the area Md Bachchu said he and his family members are also living in a rented house as he lost his house to the river two weeks ago.
Md Karim, fishermen of Choto Bahadurpur village, said he and his family members are passing their days amid sufferings as they had to take shelter on a road in the area after losing home to the river.
Twenty-five shops of Bahadurpur Bazar washed away with three big trees in last seven days and more than one hundred homestead of Baro Bahadurpur village devoured this time, said Suvash Chandra Dey, general secretary of the bazar committee, also member of Ward No 9 in Gopinathpur union.
Twenty-six other shops and four old trees of the bazar are now under serious threat of erosion, he said.
Member of Ward No 7 of the Gopinathpur Union Parishad Md Mizanur Rahman said 65 houses of Degirchar village have already been devoured and 20 others are under threat.
Chairman of Gopinathpur Union Parishad Abdul Kuddus said he wrote to higher authorities to take necessary steps to check erosion and seek decision about seven old trees which are going into the river the administration did not take initiative yet.
Manikganj Deputy Commissioner SM Ferdaus said he will take steps after visiting within short time.