A portion of Naria Upazila Health Complex and several hundred houses and business establishments were washed away by the river Padma just in a week while hundred other establishments are at risk of erosion by the river in Shariatpur.
Local people alleged that the erosion washed away 4,000 houses, roads, school, markets and mosques in the last three months as the authorities did not take any measure to protect the area.
Naria upazila health and family planning officer Munir Ahmed Khan said that the erosion washed away the hospital’s mosque, garage and main road in front of the hospital complex.
Valuables, machinery and patients were shifted to the residential building of the hospital staff as cracks developed in two buildings of the hospital.
He said the entire hospital compound was out only 100 feet away from the river.
Kederpur union’s former chairman Imam Hosen Dewan said that a portion of the century-old Mulfotganj Bazar was devoured by the river while the portion with multi-storied buildings was at risk of erosion.
He said no government agencies came to help the affected people who were passing their days under open sky without food, shelter and security.
They have demanded immediate action to stop erosion and their rehabilitation.
Naria upazila nirbahi officer Sanjida Yeasmin said that they were trying to stop erosion and started distribution of dry food and house materials among the affected people.
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