Erosion-hit 17,000 families of Dhalchar deprived of Eid joy
CHAR FASSON, BHOLA, Aug 18: Although the people of mainland celebrated Eid well, the picture of Dhalchar Union under Char Fasson Upazila of the district was quite different.
The erosion-hit people spent their Eid days amid scary nightmares. They struggled to manage food for their families even on Eid day. Many people could not buy new clothes for their children.
More than 17,000 families in the union were affected by river erosion during this Eid period. During the river erosion in the last two years, the locals have lost their houses. Now, they are busy to find a place to live.
Jasim Uddin Majhi, a local fisherman, took shelter on the homestead of one Saiful Hajji of Hazipur Village along with his wife Nazma and two children. A few days ago, his house in Goalpur area disappeared in the Meghna River. He narrated his tragic story of being hit by the erosion.
Besides, about 50 schoolchildren like Sifat, Fahima and Zilhaj could not wear new dresses on Eid day this year. They were also busy to find shelters with other members of their families.
Hundreds of people of this remote island are now completely isolated from the mainland. They lost everything, and now have no place to go. Many families are still spending days under the open sky. As they are not getting any help, they are suffering.
Sources said at least 800 to 900 families have lost their houses during the last one and a half months. Besides houses, schools, madrasas, mosques and huge croplands have also gone into the river.
Now the people of the area are busy finding shelters. Many people are still living under the open sky and many are taking shelters in their relatives' houses.
Speaking of Eid Day, a housewife Selina, 35, said there were plenty of lands, ponds, poultry, and cattle here. But now everything went into the river. They were busy finding shelter; so Eid could not change the situation.
She claimed they did not get any relief from the government, though it distributed new clothes in the area.