Thursday, 18 August, 2022

Jamuna swallows 400 houses in Sirajganj

SIRAJGANJ: Around 400 houses across four villages of Shahjadpur upazila in the district have been gulped by the Jamuna river in the past one week.

“Some 400 houses, including 30 of the Ashryan project, have tumbled into the river. Pakurtala Primary School, a mosque and other buildings on the riverbank are now at risk,” said Nasir Uddin, sub-divisional engineer of Sirajganj Water Development Board.

 “The receding waters of the Jamuna river are causing erosion,” he said.

The WDB engineer said that Shahjadpur, Chauhali, Belkuchi, Kazipur, and Sirajganj Sadar upazila’s low-lying and char areas still remained flooded on Friday.

 “Many of the important roads also remained under water, disrupting vehicular movement. People are also facing drinking water crisis,” he added.

Similarly, around 9,106 hectares of Ropa Aman, jute, sesame and other crops have been damaged in the flooded region of the district, according to an officer of district agricultural extension department.

Shahjadpur upazila nirbahi officer Tariqul Islam said he has already informed the WDB about the extreme erosion and the need for taking adequate steps.