Padma devours 350 homesteads in Rajbari

Shahjahan Biswas . Manikganj | Published: 00:00, Oct 10,2019


A family takes shelter on Daulatdia Model High School playground after losing houses in erosion of the River Padma at Goalanda in Rajshahi after a weeklong flood. This photo was taken on Tuesday. — New Age photo

At least 350 homesteads and 500 hectares of crop land in Daulatdia and Debagram union in Goalunda of Rajbari were devoured by the River Padma in past few days.

The locals alleged that no effective measures were yet to be taken to check the erosion.

The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority could not reinstall two landing station at the Daulatdia ferry point in past six days brining to respite to disruption on ferry services on Paturia-Daulatdia route.

Ferry services on Paturia-Daulatdia route continue to disrupt because of strong current in the river, damage of landing station and shortage of ferries.

Daulatdia ferry and launch terminals were threatened by massive erosion of the river Padma and two of the terminals were washed away on Thursday.  

A 100-feet approach road of Daulatdia ferry terminals eroded into the river and half-kilometer road between Daulatdia ferry terminal and Akkas Ali High School were also on erosion risk.

Terminals 3, 4, 5 and 6 at Daulatdia were now under serious threat of erosion, said Zillur Rahman, deputy general manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation at Aricha regional office.

‘Strong current is hitting directly Daulatdia ferry terminals due to erosion at Dhalla Para. At the same time, various establishments including mosques and madrassahs are alson on erosion risk,’ said Abdul Goni, chairman of Daulatdia union parishad.

Residents in the area said the rate of erosion increased with the increase of flood water for the second time.

In last two months, more than 100 families at Dhalla Para and about 200 families of Siddik Kazir Para and 50 families of Debagrame moved to other places as their homesteads eroded into the river, they said.

At last 400 hectare of crop land was wash away in Debagrame.

Kabir Sarder of Dhalla Para said the erosion of was so severe that it took very little time to get the homesteads eroded in the river. ‘Many people are shifting their houses as per their ability. But many others become homeless as could not afford to shift their homesteads,’ he said.

One Wahab Mondol said around 200 families of Hatem Mondoler Para were under serious threat of erosion.

At least 300 homesteads of Kachari Danga, Kiamuddin Mandal Para, Bhuti Para, Nehari Mandal Para and Isail Shibrampur eroded in last year. Most of those victims took shelter to in Ward 1 and 5 but they again facing threat of erosion.

Goalunda upazila nirbahi officer Rubaet Hayat Shiplu said, ‘Daulatdia ferry and launch terminals would be threatened if the erosion continues. Local parliament member and Rajbari Water Development Board have been informed about the situation and the upazila administration has been asked to take necessary action in this regard.’

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