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Crops, houses claimed by Teesta in Gaibandha

  • Published at 02:34 pm December 3rd, 2018
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File Photo of River erosion Mehedi Hasan/ Dhaka Tribune

Hundreds of families are huddled under the open sky, exposed to the cold

Erosion caused by the Teesta River has washed away 200 acres of crops and the homes of hundreds of families. 

Flowing through six unions of the upazila, the widespread damage caused by the Teesta River has resulted in immeasurable suffering—with farmers having to harvest their paddy before it has ripened. 

Hundreds of families are huddled under the open sky, exposed to the cold. 

Kapasia Union Parishad member Rafiqul Islam said if these erosion patterns continue, thousands of acres of crops will be washed away in the next two weeks. 

“Without a long-term plan to save the land from river erosion, this calamity causes chaos and suffering in the lives of the people of char [riverine island] areas every year,” Kapasia Union Parishad Chairman Jalal Uddin said.

Sundarganj Upazila Project Implementation Officer (Relief officer) Nurunnabi Sarkar said: “Quickly receding river waters have caused a sharp increase in the scale of erosion. We have informed the higher authorities about the matter.

“We have already distributed money and corrugated iron sheets to erosion victims in two unions,” he added.