River erosion turns serious | 2018-09-13 | daily-sun.com

River erosion turns serious

Staff Correspondent     13 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

River erosion has intensified in several districts of the country’s northern and central regions due to strong currents of the rivers.

Local sources said the erosion by major rivers has taken a serious turn in many areas, causing immense sufferings for people.

A large number of houses, structures, trees and crops on vast tracts of land were washed away by floodwaters and strong currents of rivers in different areas.

The erosion took a serious turn in different areas on Wednesday due to high currents of the rivers.

The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Ganges rivers are in rising trend which may continue in the next 72 hours while the Padma river is in steady state which may start rising in the next 24 hours, said Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

The major rivers of the Upper Meghna basin are in rising trend, which may continue in the next 24 hours, it said.       

In Nilphamari, the river erosion has threatened to wash away dwelling houses of at least two thousand families under Charkharibari Mouja in Dimla upazila.

People of Chotokhata, Banpara, Baishpukur Char and Chatunama Bhendabari Forest Char in Dimla upazila have been affected badly as the roads and houses were submerged following the onrush of hilly water from the upstream.

The only sand embankment in the area is under threat of erosion as about 400 meters of the dam went into the gorge of the river, locals said.

Besides, the 10-meter approach road near dam no. four at Dohalpara point was eroded due to the rise of water in the Teesta river.

More than 10,000 people of 23 villages in the char areas of Teesta and Dharala rivers have been trapped in floodwater in Lalmonirhat district following onrush of water from upstream hilly areas.

The officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said the situation worsened as India has opened the sluice-gates of the Gazaldoba barrage.

However, the water of Teesta River at Dalia Teesta Barrage Point was flowing below the danger level on Wednesday.

Rafiqul Alam Chowdhury, executive engineer of BWDB in Dalia, said the flood situation has slightly improved in the district as 44 sluice gates of Teesta Barrage have been opened to control the flow of water.

In Shariatpur, erosion by the river Padma continued in the couple of weeks and vast area went into the gorge of the river.

Mulfatganj Bazar in Naria upazila is the worst affected area by the river erosion. Naria upazila health complex, Mulfatganj Madrasa and Mosque, union land office, several private clinics, government and private bank and insurance offices and different educational institutes are being destroyed by the river.

In Natore, people of several villages under Lalpur upazila have been affected by the river erosion. Embankment has been damaged in the upazila due to river erosion.