Erosion intensified despite receding Jamuna’s water level...

Erosion intensified despite receding Jamuna’s water level

 Sirajganj Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 04:18 PM, 26 May 2022   Updated: 04:19 PM, 26 May 2022

Erosion has intensified in the riverbank areas as the water level of the Jamuna River continues to recede in Sirajganj

Erosion has intensified in the riverbank areas as the water level of the Jamuna River continues to recede in Sirajganj

In Sirajganj, erosion has intensified in the riverbank areas as the water level of the Jamuna River continues to recede. In the last 24 hours, around 50 houses in six villages in Shahjadpur upazila have been reportedly washed away in the Jamuna River.

It has been learned that the water level of Jamuna River has decreased by 10 cm in the last 12 hours in Sirajganj. On Wednesday (May 25) morning, the water level here was 12.35 cm, however, it was decreased to 12.25 cm in the afternoon.  

Hasan Ur Rahman, a gauge reader of Sirajganj Water Development Board, said the erosion in the riverbank area has increased due to the decrease of water by 10 cm in the last 12 hours.

It is learned that the erosion has intensified in Arkandi, Ghatabari, Jalalpur, Pakurtala of Jalalpur union, Veka and Pachil villages of Kaijuri union of Shahjadpur upazila on the banks of the river due to the declining water level of Jamuna River. In the last 24 hours, at least 50 houses in these six villages have been washed away by the Jamuna River. More than 200 people have become homeless.

Some people in Pachil village, who lost their homes in the river erosion, said the erosion had intensified as the floodwaters receded. In the last one day, at least 20 houses in our village have been washed away by the river. Besides, around 50 houses of the upazila including other villages have been submerged under the Jamuna River. Having lost everything, we are now living an inhuman life under the open sky with our children.

They alleged that the situation would not have arisen this year if the contractors for the construction of the Pachil-Arkandi Jamuna bank protection dam had placed the sacks on time. They have blamed the contractor for this.

“Due to the negligence of the contractor in the work of conserving the banks of Jamuna River in Pachil village, the people of the village have become destitute due to river erosion this year. If they had dropped the sacks on time, the damage would not have been done,” said Kaijuri union chairman Moazzem Hossain Khokon.

Erosion has intensified in the riverbank areas as the water level of the Jamuna River continues to recede in Sirajganj

Meanwhile, visiting the Pachil village at around noon on Wednesday, it was seen that the soil is breaking down in the river along with strong winds in the area adjacent to the river bank. People are busy removing furniture from their homes. People who have lost everything are lamenting. Many are confused about where to move their cattle.

Alhaj Ali, Kamrul Islam, Mohir Member of Jalalpur village said no one has yet provided any assistance to the victims of the river erosion. The victims are living inhumane life soaked in the sun and rain.

About this, Jalalpur union chairman Sultan Mahmud said, “I have visited the spot with the local UP members and informed the higher authorities about the matter for quick cooperation for the victims. But no allocation has been received yet. After allocation, it will be distributed among the victims.”

Shahjadpur Upazila Project Implementation Officer Abul Kalam Azad said necessary steps would be taken after inspecting the area.

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