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River erosion takes serious turn in northern districts

  • Published at 08:23 pm July 8th, 2020
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The sudden rise in the water bodies is causing river erosion at Tangail Dhaka Tribun

In Tangail, at least 23 houses were fully and six houses were partially devoured by the Jamuna river till Wednesday morning as erosion has become a new threat to the district after the floods

Although the flood situation in the northern districts of the country has been improving, the high tides of the Padma, Jamuna, Meghna and Brahmaputra river have been devouring acres of land and causing severe erosion.

In Jamalpur, the overall flood situation has further improved in the district with the continuous recession of the water level in the river Jamuna, reports BSS.

Dewanganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer Razia Sultana said all the eight unions of the upazila were badly affected by the floods and shortly after the recession of floodwaters many people started to return home with their belongings.

Besides, relief operations have continued in the flood-affected areas, she said.

During the preceding 24 hours, the water level in the Jamuna dropped by 16cm and the river was flowing 26cm below the red mark (19.50 meters) at Bahadurabad ghat point at noon.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Office sources said floods hit the district on June 27 and affected over three lakh 96 thousand 744 people of 49 unions in all the seven upazilas of the district.

In Tangail, at least 23 houses were fully and six houses were partially devoured by the Jamuna river till Wednesday morning as erosion has become a new threat to the district after the floods.

The recently completed Beltia Uttarpara embankment has been severely damaged by the high tides and thus the whole area is at the risk of erosion, according to the Bangladesh Bridge Authority local branch.

Numerous blocks of this Tk30 crore worth embankment project have been washed away by the river, which has devoured the adjacent areas and threatens many others, reports our Tangail correspondent Abdullah Al Numan.

In Chandpur, at least 50 houses and infrastructures have been washed away by the Meghna river, while many other prominent infrastructures were under threat till the filing of this report on Wednesday, reports our Chandpur correspondent Ibrahim Rony.

Besides, the river downstream has also damaged a large part of the main embankment of the municipality, exposing adjacent areas to huge risk, said the BWDB authorities.

Although authorities said they were using geo bags to reduce the strength of the tides, locals said the quantity they were using was largely inadequate.

In Rangpur, sporadic incidents of riverbank erosion have been reported as the flood situation improved further during the last 24 hours ending at 9am Wednesday. A continuous fall in the water levels of the major rivers in the Brahmaputra basin have been noticed.

Officials of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said the major rivers were flowing below the danger mark at all 10 major monitoring points in seven affected northern districts, where most of the displaced people had returned home.

Meanwhile, the various district administrations have further intensified relief activities in the flood-affected areas of Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogura and Sirajganj districts in the Brahmaputra basin, reports BSS.

Jyoti Prosad Ghosh, Chief Engineer for Rangpur Zone of BWDB, said incidents of sporadic riverbank erosion had been reported from around 50 points alongside the major rivers in Kurigram, Gaibandha and Lalmonirhat districts.

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