Mighty Jamuna flowing above danger level at different spots of Bogra

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 16 Aug 2017, 21:30:34

Mighty Jamuna flowing above danger level at different spots of Bogra

400 families become homeless in Gangachara
Our Correspondent

BOGRA, Aug 16: The mighty Jamuna river is flowing its upstream average 121 centimetres above the danger level at different spots of Bogra district from last Tuesday.

Due to the heavy tide a big area of Sariakandi, Sonatola and Dhunot upazilas has been devouring land and homesteads for the last one month, leaving many families landless and homeless. The inhabitants of the both sides of the river have already shifted their home based daily necessary commodities to safe place.

In a visit on Wednesday the correspondent found over 1, 25,000 people of 14 unions of 195 villages under Sariakandi, Sonatola and Dhunot upazilas are confined and over 2300 hectares of newly planted T-Aman paddy has gone under water. Some 20 volunteers at Shohorabari village of Banderbari union under Dhunot upazila have engaged themselves to throw sacks with sand to protect the village protection dyke.

Umasan Begum, 56, said, she lost her homestead and one bigha of cropland in Shahorabari village under Dhunot upazila in the last one month due to heavy rain water and upstream of the ferocious appearance Jamuna. Nowadays, she sits on the bank of the Jamuna River, thinking about her losses, she added.

"I along with my three-member family have taken shelter at Baikal bazar after losing my arable land, bamboo cluster and homestead in the last one month," said Kabir Ahmed of Sarikandi upazila. "We are passing our days half-starved as we have no way to earn a livelihood," he again said.

A guardian Shamsun Nahar, 34, of a student of class five alleged that academic progress of her child is halted as flood visits several times in the locality. There is no end to their sorrows and they are passing hard days along with their children.

Sub-assistant Engineer of Water Development Board (WDB)  Harun-or-Rashid said, "We have thrown sack of sand immediately getting news of dyke devouring. WDB officials are working at the most vulnerable spots to check erosion," he added.

Member of Parliament Habibar Rahman said each erosion-affected family was given rice and raw materials to get rescue from the miseries condition. Erosion victims are passing their days in hardship and they need rehabilitation immediately, he added.

Our correspondent from Rangpur adds: Severe erosion by Teesta river has rendered at least 400 families homeless at Kolkond, Nohali, Alambiditor Lakkhitari, Morneya and Gajghanta unions under Gangachara upazila in Rangpur district during last few days.

Besides, around 10,000 hectares of vast areas of crop fields, a good number of vegetables gardens under the area have also been devoured by the river.

A major portion of the 200 feet town protection embankment was collapsed due to strong current in the mighty river Teesta. As a result valuable goods worth Tk 5.0 million have been damaged due to flood water at Almar Bazar area of the upazila.

Rabiul, a farmer of Baro Rupai village said that Teesta devoured his one bigha of cropland during last one week. Presently he has around 25 decimals of land which may go under water at any time, he lamented.

A good number of victims said that Teesta engulfed 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.

Massive erosion by Teesta has become a cause of apprehension for thousands of families living in different unions of the upazila.

The local people have made an appeal to the government to take immediate measures to protect their lives and properties from erosion by the mighty river.
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