A video circulating on social media shows just how vulnerable coastal structures are against the peril of soil erosion
Strike against nature and nature will hit back with fury that predates human civilization. This fact has been proven yet again by an incident in Manikganj where a three-storey school was swallowed by the Jamuna River within minutes.
The tragedy took place on June 22 at Shibalaya upazila in Manikganj. The Dristinandan School, established for the underprivileged people of that district, was in jeopardy for months. The weak foundation was reported to the Ministry of Education several times, to no avail.
In the video, the river lashes at the school’s foundation, and gradually washes away the soil, and finally tears down the concrete structure.
Altaf Hossain, district engineer of the Education Engineering Department, said: “The school was established in March 2012 at a cost of Tk1.79 crore. It was established to provide education in a good environment to the poor.”
Authorities including the Water Development Board did not take any measures regarding this issue.
The local Water Development Board representative said: “The intensity of the erosion was too severe. We could not do anything to help the school.”
The locals, horrified by the attack, described it to be similar to the 2001 Twin Tower terrorist attack: “The viciousness of the river was just like the attack on the World Trade Center, the Jamuna River rose up to devour our beloved school.”