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River erosion swallows thousands of homes

River erosion swallows thousands of homes
The Padma River continues to eat up homesteads, croplands, educational institutions and prayer houses in Munshiganj. The photo was taken from Chosar village under Kamarkhara union on Monday. – Md nasir uddin

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  • Staff Correspondent
  • 7 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Thousands of families in northern, central and lower central regions of the country have lost their homesteads and livelihoods due to river erosion this year.

The rivers have swallowed large swathes of land rendering many families homeless during the last few weeks, said Dr. A.K.M. Saiful Islam, professor at the Institute of Water and Flood Management of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).

Though the floodwater has started receding, river erosion has taken a serious turn aggravating the sufferings of the flood-affected people in the regions, he said.

A large number of houses, structures, trees and crops on a vast tract of land were washed away by strong current of rivers in different flood-hit areas. Incidents of sporadic riverbank erosion have been reported from Kurigram, Manikganj, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Sirajganj, Shariatpur, Rajbari, Bhola and Tangail districts, local sources said.

Every year the river is swollen by seasonal rains and the erosion mainly takes place when floodwater starts receding.

Despite the loss of crops and farmlands, no effective measures have yet been taken by the authorities concerned.

Currently 13 districts of Bangladesh are affected by flood. These are Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bagura, Jamalpur, Sirajganj, Tangail, Pabna, Manikganj, Gazipur, Rajbari, Faridpur, Munshiganj and Shariatpur.

“On the other hand, nine rivers at 17 points are still flowing above danger levels. The rivers are Dharla, Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Turag, Kaliganga, Padma, Atrai, Dhaleswari and Muhuri,” said Arifuzzaman Bhuyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).

However, water level of the major rivers such as the Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Ganges and Padma are falling, he said.

The flood situation may improve in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogra, Tangail, Sirajganj, Pabna, Manikganj, Rajbari and Faridpur districts while it may remain steady in Munshiganj and Shariatpur districts, according to FFWC.

In Kurigram, around 120,000 people are still affected by the flood and the majority of them are struggling for food and fresh drinking water.

In Gaibandha, there are 85,975 people have been marooned by the floodwater.