Erosion worsens in flooded areas | 2018-09-21 |

Erosion worsens in flooded areas

Staff Correspondent     21 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

River erosion intensified in several districts of northern and central regions due to the swelling of major rivers.

Local sources said erosion by major rivers has taken a serious turn in many areas while crops on a vast tract of land went under water due to strong current in the rivers.

The flood situation in Gaibandha, Bogra, Sirajganj, Jamalpur and Tangail districts may improve in the next 24 hours, forecasted Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC) on Thursday.

Several educational institutes in Northern region have been shut off as those were inundated with flood water. 

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

In Faridpur, river erosion has taken a serious turn due to a rise in water level. 

The government has taken necessary steps to prevent river erosion in Charbhadrasan upazila of Faridpur, Deputy Commissioner Umme Salma said on Thursday. The Water Development Board  will start placing geo-bags to prevent the erosion at the banks of the Padma, Modhumoti and Arial Khan rivers from Friday, she said.

“The erosion will be protected at any cost,” said the government official while visiting the affected areas including Baliadangi, Fazle Kha Dangi and MP Dangi in the upazila.

River erosion has worsened at Mizanpur union under sadar Upazila in Rajbari as 458 meters of CC block of the Padma embankment has been broke into river.

Around 50 houses has been shifted from the area due to erosion risk while a recreation place of Bangladesh Army “Banshan”, brick kiln, primary school and a mosque are at risk of erosion.

According to sources, thousands of flood-hit people have taken shelters on the highlands, flood-control embankments and other establishments.

The marooned people are passing days with extreme misery in the wake of the shortages of food and pure drinking water.

Locals apprehended an outbreak of diarrhea and other waterborne diseases. The flood-affected people are suffering due to lack of adequate relief.

The Brahmaputra and the Ganges rivers are in falling trend which may continue in next 48 hours while The Jamuna and the Padma rivers are in steady state which may fall in next 24 hours, according to FFWC.

The Jamuna at Fulchari, Sariakandi and Bahadurabad points was flowing at 9, 21 and 5 meter above of danger level respectively; Atrtai at Baghabari point was flowing at 13 meter above while Dhaleshwari at Elasin was flowing 33 meter above the danger level, it said.