Erosion by Jamuna affecting hundred of people
Erosion by the Jamuna River has taken a serious turn in Sirajganj district as a number of establishments went into waters.
Erosion started in Chauhali, Sadar and Shahjadpur upazilas of the district, causing immense suffering to the inhabitants losing their homsteads.
In Shahjadpur upazila, about 200 houses in Jalalpur union have been disappeared in the river bed since the second week of September.
Yasin Paramanik, 80, and Raham Ali Mollah, 72, residents of Ghatabari area under Jalalbari union, had been doing hunger strike since September 2 demanding to build embankment in the area.
Later on September 22, they broke the strike after getting assurance from the officials of Water Development Board (WDB) in Sirajganj.
They broke in tear and said their houses were devoured by the river seven to eight times. Loosing all the land and properties, they now have only the houses.
They demanded a flood protection embankment instead of relief.
Nurul Fakir, Shafiullah Munshi, Taijal Fakir, resident of the area, said they lost their houses over 10 times. They now demand the prime minister's intervention to protect their last resources.
Citing that Enayetpur-Sirajganj regional road and country's biggest cloth market at Enayetpur are under the threat of river erosion, Jalalpur union parishad chairman Sultan Mahmud urged the authorities concerned to take immediate initiatives to prevent erosion.
In Chauhali, river erosion started in an area of about 3.5 kilometers, sparking fear among the inhabitants of the river bank.
Inhabitants of Baghutia, Khaspuria unions under the upazila said about 500 houses and hundreds of bighas of farming land have went under the river since late August.
They formed a human chain on September 21 demanding necessary initiatives to protect the area from erosion.
The river erosion is also taking place in Chonagacha union under Sadar upazila.
Shafiqul Islam, executive engineer of WDB in Sirajganj, said two projects of Tk 1,150 crore have been taken up to prevent the erosion.
The projects are awaiting approval from the government and the work will begin soon once the approval is got, he added.