Sunday 25, September 2022

Jamuna River erosion: Some 400 houses devoured

News Desk: Around 400 houses in four villages of Shahjadpur upazila in Sirajganj have been washed away due to Jamuna river erosion in the past one week, officials said on Friday.

‘Some 400 houses, including 30 of the Ashryan project, have tumbled into the river. Pakurtala Primary School, a mosque and other buildings on the riverbank are now at risk,’ said Nasir Uddin, sub-divisional engineer of Sirajganj Water Development Board.

‘The receding waters of the Jamuna river are causing erosion,’ he said.

The WDB engineer said that Shahjadpur, Chauhali, Belkuchi, Kazipur, and Sirajganj Sadar upazila’s low-lying and char areas still remained flooded on Friday.

‘Many of the important roads also remained under water, disrupting vehicular movement. People are also facing drinking water crisis,’ he added.

Similarly, around 9,106 hectares of Ropa Aman, jute, sesame and other crops have been damaged in the flooded region of the district, according to an officer of district agricultural extension department.

Shahjadpur upazila nirbahi officer Tariqul Islam said that he has already informed the WDB about the extreme erosion and the need for taking adequate steps.


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