River erosion takes serious turn in Gaibandha

River erosion takes serious turn in Gaibandha

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With the fall of water level in the Brahmaputra, the river erosion has taken serious turn in Fulchhari and Shaghata upazilas of the district creating untold sufferings to the victims.According to sources, the river intensified its erosion at Kanchipara, Ratanpur, Singria, Namapara and Kamarpara of Fulchhari upazila and Gobindi, Bashhata, Munshirhat and Sathalia of Shaghata upazila in last few days making river basin people more worried about their homesteads and arable lands.More than 400 families living on the bank of the rivers have already lost their homes due to the erosion and vast tracts of arable land and academic and religious institutions were also devoured by the rivers, locals said.Besides, a good number of academic institutions, SKS Foundation office, temples, mosques and hats and bazaars and flood control embankments have come under threat of devouring by the river, they said.
Apart from it, hundreds of families living on the river bank are in serious panic and anxiety as their homesteads including the standing crops fields might be eroded any time, said Mosarrof Hossain Sweet, chairman of Shaghata union parishad.Meanwhile, the homeless people have taken shelter at nearby government embankment and other safer places of the upazilas. They are passing their days with hardship under the open sky for want of drinking water and food, he also said.M. Habibur Rahman, chairman of Fulchhari upazila, said the river erosion was continuing there and at least 400 homesteads including 1,000 acres of arable land of the upazilas were devoured by the Brahmaputra in last two weeks.When contacted, executive engineer of BWDB Abdul Awal admitted the river erosion in the district and said they have already started development work at few places in the upazila on a small scale.In reply to a question, the executive engineer said they could not launch the development work at the vulnerable areas of the upazilas to a great extent due to fund constraints.- BSS, Gaibandha

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