Homesteads-croplands being washed away by erosion in Kurigram...

Dhaka, Wednesday   19 May 2021

Homesteads-croplands being washed away by erosion in Kurigram

 Yunus Ali Ananda,Kurigram

 Published: 12:40 PM, 21 June 2020   Updated: 12:43 PM, 21 June 2020

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Photo: Daily Bangladesh

Due to huge pressure of water, increasing the water in the rivers with the beginning of rainy season, heavy showers caused the water bodies to swell and all these has caused to start the river erosion  in the riparian areas of Kurigram. 

In the meanwhile, the rivers of Brahmaputra and Teesta flowing through Ulipur upazila have increased causing severe river erosion as the water level has increased in the two rivers. After several days of river erosion, croplands along with homesteads have been washed away into the river.

The locals are trying to protect the remaining houses and crop lands from the erosion by piling up the branches of the trees with bamboo poles to protect them from erosion. But the attempt seems to be failing.

The erosion is not going to be stopped in any way. In this omnivorous demolition, people are now trying to move their houses from one place to another. Meanwhile, around 30 families have been evacuated from Kishorepur village of Thetrai UP, which is surrounded by Teesta river in the last one week.

The victims of erosion are Nuruzzaman, Chand Mia, Manju Mia, Chhakina, Ruhul Amin, Ambia Bewa, Rafiqul, Anwara Bewa  Morzina, Atiyar, Abdur Rahman, Maricha, Badial, Shafiqul, Sahera Bewa, Ramna, Rabeya, Qazli and many others.

There are several villages locating beside the river now at the risk of erosion of the river Teesta. Earlier, about 50 houses in this UP were washed away by the river.

Local Ruhul Amin said, "I have terrified due to the erosion of the river Teesta. Every year during the monsoon season, we are affected by erosion. This time the homestead is on the risk of washing away into the river due to the erosion. Hence, the house had to be relocated.” 

Meanwhile, the erosion has already occurred in Hatia, Nayadara, Nilkantha villages and neighboring areas of Hatia UP surrounded by Brahmaputra river. 

So far, the houses of more than a hundred families in UP have been washed away by the river. They have taken shelter in the road of the dam. 

Abdul Halim Sarkar, a member of Thetrai UP, said that in the last one week, many houses and lands on the banks of the river in wards 4, 7 and 8 of the UP have been washed away by the Teesta River.
He added that it was important to prevent river erosion and provide relief to the people affected by the erosion. I have informed the matter to the senior officials including UNO.

Thetrai UP chairman Ayub Ali Sarkar said, “We informed the Ulipur UNO about the erosion of the Teesta river with making list of the victims.” 
The UP chairman also said that he has personally provided financial assistance for piling to prevent erosion.

Regarding the erosion of Teesta and Brahmaputra, Ulipur UNO Abdul Quader said, “The local public representatives have informed about the erosion of the rivers. We have informed the senior officials including the Water Development Board to prevent erosion here.” 

In this regard, Executive Engineer of Kurigram Water Development Board Ariful Islam said, “The affected areas have already been inspected. The higher authorities have been informed to take necessary action in this regard. The renovation work will be started after getting the allocation.”