Bagerhat: Erosion by the Madhumati River has taken a turn for the worse devouring lands and homesteads in Chitalmari upazila for the last couple of days, leaving many families homeless and landless.
During a recent visit to the upazila, the UNB correspondent found part of Dhaka-Pirojpur road at Shoiladah village in the upazila eroded by the river, disrupting traffic. Several business establishments, dwelling houses and shops at Shoiladah village in the vicinity of the river have gone into its gorge over the last couple of days.
They fear that hundreds of houses, one bazaar and educational institutions will go into the gorge of the river anytime if the riverbank erosion continues and the authorities concerned do not take any initiative to check it. Shikder Matiar Rahman, chairman of Kalatala union, said thousands of houses in Shoiladah, Charkulia, Machandapur, Bakpur and Paranpur villages, 50 bighas of land, thousands of trees disappeared into the river over the last few years. He demanded that a sustainable embankment be constructed there on an emergency basis.
Alamin Sheikh, a trader of Shoiladah Bazar, said he has lost his shop as the erosion has taken a serious turn in the last several days.
Abdus Sobahan, a village doctor, said part of his dwelling house and chamber were eroded by the river on Tuesday last.
SM Refat Jamil, the executive engineer of Water Development Board, Bagerhat, said a vast track of land in Shoiladah village along the river stands threatened by erosion.