The Naria upazila has been severely affected by the Padma River erosion
Water Resources Minister Anwar Hossain Manju has visited Shariatpur’s Naria upazila, the area severely affected by the Padma River erosion.
He reached Shariatpur on Tuesday afternoon by a speedboat from Dhaka.
Locals say more than 2,000 houses, 500 business centres, several schools, mosques and other establishments have been washed away by the river. More areas are at the risk of river erosion.
When asked about the start of a project to protect the right bank of Padma, Minister Manju told reporters that the work would begin after the water recedes.
Earlier this week, a 1.5km area from Naria Banshtola to Purba Naria, was washed away by the river, locals said, accusing the authorities concerned of paying no heed to the ongoing crisis.
They said the local administration also has not taken any initiative to build embankments to prevent the erosion, and demanded the area to be declared a disaster zone.
The water resources minister made no specific promises but hailed the locals’ toughness. “The people on the banks of the Padma live their lives fighting natural elements,” he said.