People living in the coastal belt of the Khulna division are passing tough times as their homes go underwater during a normal tidal surge.
Locals alleged that lands next to the dam get submerged as water breaches the dam during the tidal surge, resulting in immense suffering to the inhabitants.
According to the non-government organizations working in the coastal belt, some 424 kilometers of Sathkhira-Khulna-Bagerhat dam out of the 1600 kilometer of the Water Development Board dam, is at high risk.
Biswajit Biswas, an inhabitant of Baruli village of Paikgachha upazila, became helpless as his house has been washed away twice.
“I have lost my house twice. Now I am facing the same trouble for the third time. I do not know where I will go if the house is washed away this time,” he told reporters visiting the area recently.
Many inhabitants shared the same frustration as their houses were also washed away multiple times.
Kalpona Akhter said her house was washed away thrice. “Now we are living in a hut,” she said.
If the construction work of the dam is not started right now, many would lose their homes, he said.
The same situation prevails in Mamudkathi village under Paikgacha Upazila. The area of the fishermen is at risk due to erosion of Kapotkkho.
Though locals have put some sacks of sand to protect the dam, the village often gets submerged.
Locals allege that though an initiative has been taken for the dredging of Kapotakkho, the process has been stalled for reasons unknown.
The non-government organization Faith in Action has been working at Koyra and Shyamnagar.
Its executive director Nripen Baidya said that the areas are experiencing more incidents of natural disasters like cyclones due to climate change.
“People of the region are the worst victims of climate change. People are losing their lands and assets and many often leave the region,” he said.
Mustafa Lutfullah, the lawmaker of Sathkhira-1 constituency, thinks that the government bodies should play more active roles to protect the lives and livelihood in the region.
“Lack of coordination among the government and private organizations is one of the key reasons of the sufferings of the people of the region,” he said.
He stressed the need for implementing government-run projects for the sake of the people of the region.