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18 October, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Long-term measures needed to face erosion

River erosion proves to be calamitous for the country. Every year, erosion leaves thousands of people homeless and landless. It is a formidable problem in the country that imperils life of people, particularly those living near rivers. According to a report of this newspaper yesterday, a sudden spell of fresh erosion by the river Meghna started in the Harishava area of the town protection embankment at Puranbazar in Chandpur on Monday evening, causing panic among local residents. The erosion poses a grave threat to the Chandpur town protection embankment at this point. In Tangail, the Jamuna, too, unleashed erosion, threatening homesteads and temples.

Successive governments have failed to combat erosion effectively despite spending a huge amount of money. Dumping of GO bags very often could not tame the onslaught of erosion. Many erosion-affected people have to pass their days and nights under the open sky in subhuman condition. It is natural that due to erosion extreme poverty grips the people who have once been prosperous. Displaced by riverbank erosion thousands of people are exposed to the worst sufferings. Returning to normal life for these ill-fated people is almost impossible. It is an unpleasant reality that erosion contributes to spurt in the number of beggars and floating people.

These impoverished people flock to cities and towns to eke out a living.  Large-scale migration of people puts an extreme pressure on the latter which have already been confronted with a host of problems. Since river erosion destroys thousands of hectares of arable land every year it is a glaring threat to country’s food security.

It is imperative for the relevant authorities to take effective measures to combat erosion. Protective measures like dumping of sand bags can arrest erosion. Long-term measures should also be taken to combat erosion. Emergency relief materials should be sent to the erosion victims. Many of the victims need food and shelter. There should be long term plan to rehabilitate the victims. Newly emerged char lands may be distributed among them.  Besides, vigorous attempts must be made to protect river bank from further erosion.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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