A 60-70 foot section of the embankment failed on Sunday afternoon, causing the flooding
Strong currents in the Kholpetua river have caused an embankment – built by Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) – to crumble, flooding low-lying areas in three villages.
A 60-70 foot section of the embankment failed on Sunday afternoon, causing the flooding. Locals have expressed fears that the next tidal surge could cause the flood to worsen.
Local UP chairman Abu Hena Shakil said the embankment was already at risk, and despite the BWDB being notified, they took no action.
“As a result of the recent new moon, the current of the Kholpetua river increased greatly. This has already caused a number of problems, such as trapping 50 families and causing hundreds of fish enclosures to be inundated. If the embankment is not repaired quickly, the flood will get more severe over time,” he added.
“Seeing the state of the dam and the nonchalance of the authorities, locals tried to repair the dam itself. However, despite a monumental effort, the embankment failed after a great surge in the afternoon,” Shakil said.
The UP chairman also said: “No one from BWDB has inspected the area yet, but a contractor has been hired and repairs are supposed to begin after the new moon.”
Assasuni Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Maffara Tasnin said: “We have asked the district administration to assist in the repair of the dam, and it will be done soon.”