Erosion along the River Dharla has taken a serious turn at Kulaghat and Mugulhat unions in Sadar upazila in Lalmonirhat, claiming over 150 houses and a swathe of land in the last three days.
According to local people, many educational institutions, mosques and madrassahs were also under threat after breaches developed in Dharla River bank protection dam.
Kulaghat union parishad chairman Edris Ali said that three primary schools and hundreds of houses and croplands had been eroded by the river in the last three days.
Erosion and strong currents caused the Geo bags, dumped for riverbank protection, to sink to the riverbed and led to breaches on the southern part of the dam.
Before the beginning of the monsoon season this year, the Water Development Board had carried out temporary repair and reinforcement works on the southern part of the dam, worth around Tk 1.08 crore, to avert erosion damages.
Upazila nirbahi officer Azizul Islam, District Water Development Board SDE Mamun Mia, upazila engineer Moklesur Rahaman, upazila project implementation officer Abdul Matin, among others, visited the affected areas on Tuesday.
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