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10 October, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Ramnabad River erosion causing havoc in Kalapara

OUR CORRESPONDENT, Patuakhali
Ramnabad River erosion 
causing havoc in Kalapara

Houses, crop land, roads, vegetation, flood control embankments, fish enclosures and ponds of Lalua Union in Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali district are being continuously eroded and washed away by the Ramnabad River. As a result the map of Lalua UP is gradually becoming smaller. And hundred people are becoming landless and losing their homes.

In addition to the monsoon rain, tidal water is also entering through broken embankments. As a result, farming has stopped. Thousands of people in the area are living in an abnormal situation.

According to sources in the Lalua Union Parishsad, earlier, the total area of the Lalua Union was 49 sq km. Now it has been reduced to 39 sq km due to the turbulent Ramnabad River.

A seven kilometre stretch is in a precarious state. Continuous erosion can wash away the villages of Nawapara, Banatipara, 11 No. Hawla, Chowdhurypara, Nayakata, Munshipara, Chandupara, Hasnapara, Char-Chandupara and Pashrubunia any time.

 Saline water can been seen entering through the broken Charipara flood-control embankment at the time of high tide. If proper flood control and embankment protection measures are not taken the whole of the UP might be completely wiped out one day.

 Rafiq Howlader, an inhabitant of Charipara village, said, “Once I was a wealthy family man but I now take shelter with his family on the broken dam adjacent to the village.”

 His grandfather had lived in a house close to the river for 100 years. There was an acre of land in front of the house. But they are all gone. Now, Howlader makes a living by catching fish in the river.

This year, the severity of erosion has been more intense than before.  Alauddin, a farmer of Nawapara village, said, “All are finished due to the river erosion. There is no land to cultivate.”

 Mostafizur Rahman, head teacher of the Charipara Government Primary School, said,

“There are no embankments around the school. The students of Charipara, Choudhuripara, Nayakata, Banatipara can’t come to school during the tide. We have to go to school on a motorised boat.”

 Shawkat Hossain Tapan Biswas, chairman of Lalua Union Parishad, said, “Many of the people of Charipara have become poor after losing their land and homes to river erosion. I informed the Water Development Board authority including the high-ups, but the problem persists.”

 The Bangladesh Water Development Board’s Kalapara region executive engineer Walliuzzaman said, “A land acquisition process for the construction of a jetty on the outskirts of the Payra sea port at Lalua Union is in progress.

As a result, development work including dam repair is closed here. Once the Payra sea port work starts in the village of Charipara, the planned development work will also start in the entire area. The problem will then be solved.”

 

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