50 families marooned
3 villages flooded as embankment collapses in Assasuni
Low-lying areas of three villages have been flooded following the collapse of the Kapotaksha river embankment due to heavy onrush of water at Assasuni in Satkhira district.
Some 100 feet of the embankment adjacent to 7/1 polder at village Kurikaunia in Protapnagar union under Assasuni upazila were devoured by the river on Tuesday midnight.
As a result, fish farms and cropland comprising some 1,000 bighas of three villages--Kurikaunia, Sreepur and Bristinandan--were flooded.
Besides, more than 50 families have been marooned.
Locals said the embankment was under the risks of collapse from earlier. But, the embankment was devoured by the river after it collapsed in the midnight due to onrush of river water.
They said more than 1,000 people led by local union parisahd chairman have been trying to repair the embankment. If it cannot be repaired, new areas are likely to be flooded soon.
Protapnagar UP chairman Zakir Hossain said the embankment at Protapnagar Union is collapsed every year due to the negligence of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (WDB).
"In spite of repeated requests, the WDB didn't take any initiative to repair this risky embankment," he said.
He further said fish farms and crop land comprising some 1,000 bighas of land have been flooded. Besides, more than 50 families have become marooned.
Meanwhile, BWDB official Arifuzzaman visited the affected areas and arranged some sand containing bags to put on the place of collapsed embankment.
He said he would take necessary initiatives to repair the embankment as soon as possible informing the higher authorities concerned.