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Dhaka, Thursday   20 January 2022

35 pucca houses destroyed ‘instantly’

 Chapainawabganj Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 01:15 PM, 24 November 2021   Updated: 01:16 PM, 24 November 2021

35 buildings have been destroyed instantly at Jahurpur village of Mobarakpur UP in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj

35 buildings have been destroyed instantly at Jahurpur village of Mobarakpur UP in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj

35 pucca houses at Jahurpur village of Mobarakpur UP in Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj have been destroyed “instantly”. Though there has been no sign of calamity or catastrophe, these houses with beams-columns have suddenly demolished, locals said.

While visiting the spot at Jelepalli in Kansat’s Pagla Dara canal and in the surrounding area of the village, at a first glance, it may look like a town has been devastated by a natural disaster or war. But, nothing like that happened in Jahurpur village.   

After the incident, panic has spread in the area, however, no reason has been found behind this sudden disaster. The local administration could not say any specific reason why this has happened. The families living in those houses have become homeless due to this tragic incident and are now living a hard life under the sky.

Sundari Rani of Jelepalli said when she woke up in the morning, she saw there was a small crack in the ground by the side of the house. Then the floor of the house was also collapsed gradually. “After a while, I saw the whole house was going under the soil gradually. Later, the house collapsed into the ground within a moment,” she added. 

The same statement was made by the others including Rekha Begum, Shamsunnahar and village cop Shafiqul Islam. They said that such a disaster is “mysterious” as there was no natural disaster. Some people in the area think that the “lack of water in the nearby Pagla Dara canal is the cause behind this sudden disaster”.

Samiul Islam of Jelepalli said the water level of the river was reduced due to the excavation of the Pagla river, so the water of the canal suddenly reduced 2-3 days ago. If there is water in the canal, the soil remains wet. But, due to lack of water, the soil becomes heavy, resulting in the demolishing of the houses.

35 pucca houses destroyed instantly

However, such a statement was not true, said the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), informing that the canal only has water for a few months of the year and the rest of the time the water level drops.

The DDM is investigating whether such a catastrophe is due to climate change. Engineer Ariful Islam, project implementation officer of Shibganj Upazila, said after removing the houses that have collapsed, we will be able to understand the soil condition there. “If there is a possibility of further demolition, we will notify the higher authorities immediately,” he added. 

Shibganj UNO Shakib Al Rabbi said the incident was “sudden” and “unfortunate”. Landless people are being rehabilitated first. Arrangements will be made to keep them in a government shelter. The matter has also been brought to the notice of higher authorities.

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