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Jamuna river erosion strikes Sirajganj

  • Published at 11:33 am April 16th, 2019
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People fear sudden collapse of their houses and other assets due to erosion of the Jmauna river in Enayetpur upazila of Sirajganj. Photo was taken on April, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

About 50 houses have collapsed into the Jamuna over the last 24 hours

River erosion has taken a serious turn on the west bank of the Jamuna river, far in advance of the monsoon season, in Enayetpur upazila of Sirajganj. 

The erosion stretched for 5km from Brahman village to Hat Pachil area of the upazila.

Signs of erosion appeared last week but intensified on Sunday.

About fifty houses, and wholesome hectares of farmlands, have been swallowed by the river over the last 24 hours.

Locals have become infuriated as no effective measures were taken by the authority to stop the breakdown and save their land.

They were alarmed by the intensity of the erosion. Fearing the sudden collapse of their houses and other assets, locals resorted to moving their houses to other areas.

They have urged the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) to take immediate action.

Khukni Union Parishad (UP) member Sohrab Ali said: "River erosion has been destroying our land for last few years. We urged the BWDB and local representatives, but no effective measures have been taken by them, till now." 

The locals said if no arrangements are made, many important institutions will crumble into the Jamuna river.

BWDB Executive Engineer Shafiqul Islam said: "Around six crore Taka has been sent to the River Bank Protection Project to prevent river erosion in Enayetpur. It is currently being verified with the Planning Commission.

"We will soon start working on the project, as soon as we get the approval, and the funds allocated for it."