Teesta erosion becomes cause of apprehension for hundreds of families in Rangpur

Dhaka,  Sat,  22 July 2017
Published : 13 Jul 2017, 22:02:03
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Teesta erosion becomes cause of apprehension for hundreds of families in Rangpur

Our Correspondent


RANGPUR, July 13: Massive erosion by the river Teesta has become a cause of apprehension for hundreds of families living in different unions of Gangachara upazila in Rangpur district.

According to sources, during last four days, over 100 houses, a vast tract of farmland and many vegetable fields have been engulfed by the river, leaving several hundreds of people homeless.

Visiting some erosion affected areas in Alambiditor, Nohali and Kolkond unions of the upazila this FE correspondent witnessed a dismal atmosphere of the areas.

The affected people have taken shelter at safer places with their belongings. Many people threatened by erosion are passing days in deep concern.

A good number of people of the river bank areas are shifting at different places to escape the ferocity of the river. The people of the affected areas have no other alternative to earn their livelihood. They are passing days in near starvation with their families.

Expressing concern Solaiman Mia, a farmer of Soudpara village of Kolkond union said that Teesta already devoured his one bigha of cropland. Presently he has around 40 decimals of land which may go under water at anytime.

A number of affected people said that Teesta devoured everything on its bank and they hardly could save their household belongings from the erosion of the river. If adequate steps are not taken immediately to prevent erosion, hundreds of houses may go under water soon, they apprehended.

The locals made an appeal to the government to take adequate steps to protect their lives and properties from erosion by the mighty Teesta.

Sub Assistant Engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), Rangpur Mahmud Ahmed said they are trying their level best to combat the adverse situation. Sands bags are being dumped to prevent further erosion, he added.

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