River erosion adds to woes in N-region

Staff Correspondent

15 August, 2020 12:00 AM printer

A fresh flood was approaching towards the northern region due to the onrush of upstream water on Friday while river erosion has taken a serious turn in different parts of the country.

People in many areas again took shelter on embankments, roads, highland and flood centres with their domestic animals and valuables as the river water is rising again.

The Brahmaputra River was in a static state but the Jamuna River is maintaining a rising trend on Friday. Both the rivers might continue their current trend in the next 24 hours, said Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

Teesta at Dalia and Kaunia point in Rangpur, Dharla at Kurigram, Jamuan at Sariakandi in Bogra, Kajipara and Serajganj Sadar point in Serajganj have almost reached the danger the level on Friday, according to FFWC.

Local sources said erosion by major rivers has intensified in many areas, causing immense sufferings for people.

Erosion by the river Teesta, Dharla, Padma, Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Ghaghot continued in different places of Madaripur, Faridpur, Chandpur, Goalando, Gaibandha, Bogra and Sirajganj.

Speedy current is engulfing houses and farmlands rapidly as the water level of the rivers has been receding for the last two weeks.

The erosion swallowed houses, schools, dam, road, business establishments, mosque, temple in the last few days while positive initiatives by the authorities concerned were not visible to prevent the erosion, locals alleged.

The residents of riverbank are passing their days with fear of further erosion while many more houses are still at greater risk of erosion.

Marooned people have to live under the open sky as their dwellings are often washed away by floodwaters.

The government has distributed relief among the flood victims in the affected areas, but these are not adequate, said the victims, adding that they are seeking financial assistance to build their dwellings and start cultivation.

The Ganges River is in a falling trend and the Padma River is in a steady-state, which may remain in similar trend in the next 24 hours, said FFWC.

The rivers of the Upper Meghna basin in the North-Eastern region of the country are in a falling trend, which may continue falling in the next 24 hours, it said.