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22 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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River erosion swallowing up homes, land in Galachipa

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Patuakhali
River erosion swallowing up homes, land in Galachipa

Atkhali, Dakua and Hoglbunia villages of the Dacua Union of the upazila along with settlements, agricultural land, schools and community clinics are washed away by erosion caused by the Galachipa river under Patalakhali district.

The erosion caused by the turbulent river lasted throughout the year. The severity of the onslaught increases during the monsoon.

Locals said that the tombstone of Altaf Mahmood, the former president of the Bangladesh Federal Journalists Union (BFUJ), is now under threat as there is no means to control the river.

The Dacua Union Parishad, the Atkhali Secondary School, Atkhali Primary School, Atkhali Community Clinic, parts of the Galachipa-Kalagachia Connecting Road and the Galachipa-Charchand Rail Link Road are facing a grave threat.

Besides, the Tetulia Bazar, a 200-year-old zamidar houses, three mosques, two temples, numerous houses and croplands are also under threat.

Without preventing river erosion or controlling the river system, the Water Development Board twice constructed a flood-control dam, but it has not been sustainable.

Over the past few years, more than a hundred families have been displaced by the ongoing erosion caused by the Galachipa River. One kilometre of the embankment has already collapsed and harvested crops are being damaged by the entry of tidal salt water.

Amir Hossain Mallick and Aaron Howlader of Dacua village said, “We do not want unplanned embankments anymore. We would like to ask the prime minister to protect our remaining belongings and resources by preventing river erosion.”

Badrul Islam Badal Khan, chairman of the Dacua Union Parishad, said, “If the government does not take immediate steps to tame the river by dredging, about Tk 200 crore worth of government and personal property will disappear into the river.”

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