|Published : 10 Mar 2017, 13:23:35 | Updated : 10 Mar 2017, 13:25:44|
Jamuna erosion makes hundreds homeless
Erosion has taken a serious turn along the banks of the Jamuna River, rendering at least 100 residents of ten villages in Khasrajbari and Juktigaccha unions in Sirajganj district, homeless in the last two weeks.
During a visit to the erosion-affected areas, it was found that some 200 dwelling houses and crops lands have already been washed away by the river.
Fazlul Haq, a farmer of Maijbari village, said he had to cut down his young wheat plants from his land due to the untimely erosion.
Habibur Rahman, a resident of Dhekuria village, said he took shelter in Mollikpara Juktigaccha char as the mighty river had devoured all his belongings three or four years back.
Golam Rabbani, chairman of Khasrajbari union parishad, said local people have been such erosion in the dry season for the first time.
The erosion has taken a serious turn as a char emerged in the middle of the river on the eastern side, he said.
Local people blamed 'dishonest' contractors and WDB officials for their insincerity and negligence in checking erosion on the eastern bank of the Jamuna river.
Syed Hasan Imam, executive engineer of local Water Development Board, said 16 package proposal has been sent to the ministry for checking river erosion from Sirajganj to Kazipur.
Already the work on seven packages is nearing completion and the work for the rest nine packages will start after getting allocation, the executive engineer said.