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POST TIME: 10 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Embankment collapse triggers panic in Chandpur

Our Correspondent

Parts of a bundh to protect Chandpur town has caved in at Puran Bazar in Horishava area. Around 80 metres of concrete and cement blocks were eroded by the strong currents of the Meghna river, said Water Development Board (WDB) officials entrusted with protecting the bundh.

The collapse on Thursday morning has triggered panic among the residents of the area. “We were having a bath in Meghna when we saw the concrete cement blocks caving in gradually,” said Maloti Dey.

“We are afraid that the swirling water will devour our homes and shops along the river bank,” added Orchona Saha.

The Jagannath temple in the town also faced the threat of being inundated, said Gobinda Das, the principal priest at the shrine.

Residents said parts of the bundh stretching from Horishava to Ronagowal area had collapsed thrice in recent times. Officials quell the erosion by dumping concrete cement blocks and sand-filled Geo textile bags, they added.

Some complained that temporary measures would not help.

The joint secretary of River Erosion Resistance Sangram Committee, Momtazuddin Mantu Gazi, said the dumping of sand-filled textile bags was “an eye wash”. “We demand the construction of a permanent structure to save the 250-year-old commercial hub of the district at Puran Bazaar from further erosion by Meghna River,” he added.

Following news of the latest collapse, senior officials of the Water Development Board, including superintend engineer Nizamuddin Bhuiyan and executive engineer Abu Raihan, visited the spot. They said the repeated collapse of the bundh was due to strong currents and whirlpool in Meghna. They also said river vessels sailing near the river bank caused gradual erosion by high wave-actions.

Fire guts Moulvibazar market

Moulavibazar: A numbers of establishments including factories and shops were gutted in a fire that broke out at a market in Sherpur Afrozganj area of the town on Saturday afternoon, reports UNB.

The fire ensued from an electric short circuit at a foam factory in Hazi Altafur Rahman market around 1 pm and soon spread to a nearby ice-cream factory, a poultry farm and a crockeries house, witnesses said.

On information, three units of firefighters rushed in and doused the flame after one and half hours of fanatic effort, said Md Abdul Hannan, team leader of Moulavibazar Fire Service and Civil Defence Station.

The total loss incurred by the fire may go up around TK one crore, he added.

Traditional boat race held

NARAIL: A traditional boat race jointly organised by SM Sultan foundation and district administration of Narail was held in the river Chitra in the district on Saturday afternoon, reports BSS.

State Minister for youth and sports Dr Biren Sikder was present as chief guest at the inaugural function, while Khulna divisional commissioner Md.Lokman Hossain Miah, Zila Parishad Chairman Advocate Shorab Hossain Biswas, Superintendent of Police Md Jashim Uddin were present as special guests on the occasion. Deputy Commissioner of Narail Mohammad Emdadul Haque Chaudhury presided over the function.