Continuous erosion by Madhumati changes map of Jalalabad Union in Gopalganj
GOPALGANJ, Aug 25: Continuous erosion by the Madhumati River has changed the map of Jalalabad Union in Sadar Upazila of the district.
The earlier picture of Dubshi, Ichhakhali and Mathla villages of the union has been changed.
Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) authority has repeatedly been trying to prevent erosion by dumping geo bags, but it did not work.
Locals said they want a permanent solution to the problem.
Local public representatives and the victims said, for the last 50 years, villages on the Madhumti riverbank have been eroding. Hundreds of families have become poor. Thousands of acres of cropland went into the river. Not only this, the villages have been divided into two parts. At least 600 families removed their houses to avoid erosion.
On last Saturday night, eight houses of Dubshi and Ichhakhali villages and three to four bighas of jute land were eroded. These families became penniless.
Reva Begum narrated how her house went into the river. She is telling her sad story to the passersby. She said, in the morning, she heard a sudden noise and saw her house was going into the river. She could not even save households. Everything went into the river.
In the same village, Arif Molla had a jute land of 1.5 bighas. He said, "When I woke up in the morning, I did not find my land let alone jute. Everything went into the river. I have no other land. I have no place to go now."
Not only these people, Babar Ali Sheikh, Razzaq Sheikh, Shahadat Sheikh, Hasmat Sheikh, Forkan Sheikh and Aminur Sheikh of Dubshi Village were affected by the erosion. They do not understand what to do.
However, no government assistance came for the victims till filing this report.
Local UP Chairman M Suparul Alam said that he was trying to help the victims with his personal fund.
He said, over 300 families of these affected villages are now living in Char Ichhakhali Village in Narail District, on the western bank of the river. And over 300 families are now living in another part of the village. From the same family, some are living in Narail and some are in Gopalganj.
He demanded permanent steps to save the area.
Executive Engineer of Gopalganj BWDB Biswajit Baiddo said "After we get allocation, we will start permanent river training work soon. However, ECNEC has passed a project to work in 500-metre area. We will try to check erosion temporarily through dumping geo bag."