15 villages inundated as dams collapse at Kalapara
PATUAKHALI, Oct 21: At least two dams at Kalapara upazila collapsed inundating about 15 villages, for which around 2,000 people became stranded.
The dam located at Lalua union in Kalapara upazila collapsed after two months of its construction due to unusual high tide water flow.
The eight places of the flood control dam have been breached due to unusual high tide of the Ramnabadh River on Thursday night. As a result, a good number of houses and 3,000 acres of crop land went under water. The fishes of ponds and enclosures were washed away.
Locals alleged that the inferior quality of construction work is behind the collapse of the dyke. The Dhulashor Dyke is also at risk as a portion of it was already damaged. The villagers doubt that the remaining portion of the dyke will be damaged soon. The high tide water flooded the Nizampur,. Yousufpur, Komorpur and Shudhirpur villages through the damaged dyke of Nizampur village under Mohipur union. The Aman paddy of 5000 acres of land went under water.
The Water Development Board built the dyke at Lalua union on an urgent basis spending Tk 75 lakh in the current fiscal year to save the locals from suffering. But the dam collapsed within two months. So the Pashurbunia, Charipara, Nowapara, Gazirkhal, Munshipara, Banatipara, 11 No Hawla, Dhonjupara, Choto Pach No, Baro Pach No, and Chowdhury Para villages were flooded. The water-logged people are leading a miserable life. The farmers are afraid of losing their crops.
Shila Begum of Banatipara said, "We could not sleep at night; I was sitting taking grandson on my lap."
Housewife Ruma Begum said, "The tidal water washed away our burner; so we could not cook in the afternoon; my children could not eat anything, and there is no way to go anywhere. The roads also went under water."
Farmer Bashir Gazi said the crops of his land went under water as the dam collapsed. His house also went under water.
Farmer Abul Bashar said the fish of his enclosure was washed away.
The sources concerned said, the emergency protective dyke at Mirabari point was damaged by tidal water on Thursday and Friday. Major portion of the dam adjacent to the sea has already gone under water. Six villages beside the Ramnabadh River and four villages of Mohiupur have been flooded with water. Kuakata is also at risk.
Baliatoli UP Chairman ABM Humayun Kabir said a culvert has collapsed due to pressure of the tidal water at Charbaliatoli.
Water Development Board Executive Engineer Mohammad Abul Khayer said the weather is very rough; necessary steps would be taken after visiting the sites. Ten villages in the upazila become inundated, and people are water-logged. Payra Port and the adjacent ghats have been asked to show the cautionary signal number 3.