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Buildings, roads crumble into Padma River in Shariatpur

  • Published at 03:39 pm August 19th, 2018
River Erosion in Shariatpur
Thousands of people were cut off from communication due to the sudden collapse of the road into River in Shariatpur Dhaka Tribune/File photo

The upazila health complex is at risk of collapse at any time

A number of establishments and paved roads have been washed away by the Padma River in Shariatpur’s Naria, causing untold suffering to locals. 

On August 18, two buildings – one mosque and a minimum one-kilometre paved road east of Naria – collapsed into the river. The Upazila Health Complex is also at risk of facing the erosion.

Locals said three wards of Naria's municipality and unions – including the health complex and local market – have lost their primary mode of communication with the Naria Sadar following the erosion.   

A committee formed by the Upazila administration and health department, in the presence of the local MP, has decided to relocate all the medical equipment from the health complex. 

The committee held a meeting at the district administration office, on Sunday, to decide on an alternate location for the health complex. 

"We constantly fear losing the hospital building to the land erosion. The hospital is only 80-90 feet away from the river," Upazila Health and Family Planning Officer, Dr Munir Ahmed Khan said.

"Health services will be hampered for more than 400,000 locals in the area, so we have decided to move all the equipment to another location for now," he added.