Char people panicked over Padma erosion
RAJSHAHI, Sept 12: Though there was not much rain here this season, the water in the Padma River is rising due to onrush of water from upstream.
As a result, panic gripped char people as erosion has started in some places.
Though the river is yet to cross danger level, the people are apprehending a rise in the coming days.
About 100 families live in Harian Madhya Char and about 400 in Charkhidirpur of Paba Upazila. Charkkhidirpur goes under water every time the water increases in the Padma.
Erosion panic has spread among the people of Charkhidirpur, Khanpur and Charmajhardi areas across the Padma River. Already, hundreds of bighas of croplands and many trees have gone into the river.
Meanwhile, district administration distributed relief to the people of Charkkhidirpur and Madhya Char on Monday.
Paba Upazila Nirbahi Officer Zahid Newaz distributed Tk 2,000 and 30 kg rice to each of the 50 families in the areas.
Member of no. 1 ward of Char Asaridah Union Masud Rana said water increased abnormally in Padma in last 15 days. As a result, 35 houses, a large mosque and about 50 bighas of croplands in Char Bairmari Aminpara Village have gone into the Padma, leaving more than 300 people of about 50 families to suffer.
Sanaullah, chairman of Char Asariadah Union, said Godagari Upazila Administration has been informed about the erosion. The upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) assured of taking steps, he said.
Godagari UNO Shimul Akhter said, "We asked the chairman of Char Asaridah Union to make a list of the victims. Based on the list, we will distribute relief."
On the other hand, many establishments in Charghat Upazila are under the threat of erosion.
Chairman of Yusufpur Union Alhaz Shafiul Alam Ratan said, "Padma has devoured most of the union. Thousands of houses, a mosque in Sahapur area and Tangan Government Primary School are under the threat of Padma erosion due to unusual increase of water for the last few days."
Charghat UNO Ashraful Islam said though the water is rising, it has not yet become a major threat.