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River swallows up newly built cyclone shelter before inauguration

  • Published at 12:11 pm October 30th, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:16 pm October 30th, 2017
River swallows up newly built cyclone shelter before inauguration
A primary school-cum-cyclone shelter has been destroyed and swallowed up by Tetulia River before its inauguration, at Mehediganj upazila in Barisal. The construction of Tk1.60 crore Baherchar Sripur Government Primary School's new building had started two years ago. Locals claimed, due to lack of proper attention and care from the concerned authorities, the building fell prey to erosion. Although different media covered news of the erosion, the authorities did not bother, they added. School Headmistress Mahbuba Hossain told Dhaka Tribune the river was one and a half kilometres away during the school's establishment in 1973. Three years ago, its old tin-shed building was damaged by a storm after which it was decided to construct a new building there. Four hundred students study in this school and now the classes are being taken in a rented building. But, it is not possible to take classes there for a long time owing to the lack of proper environment and study materials, she informed. President of Bahershar Government Primary School committee Mahmud Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune: "The building had been at risk for a long time. The authorities didn't take any step even after being informing of the situation." He also informed that the building was supposed to be handed over to the authority on June 28 after the completion of the construction. But it had not happened as the building came under the risk of being swallowed up by the river. According to Mahmud, the school committee informed an education officer to sell the building in an auction. Upazila engineer Borhan Uddin Molla said: "If we were informed about the matter from the primary education office on time, arrangements would have been made to sell the building in an auction. But the building was destroyed by the river on the next day after we were informed."