Padma erodes away shops, godowns in Munshiganj

The Padma continues to devour areas at Bhagyakul in Sreenagar upazila of Munshiganj district as erosion by the river has taken a serious turn in the area.
Erosion by the river Padma at Bhagyakul in Sreenagar upazila of Munshiganj district has taken a serious turn.

The river is about to devour Bhagyakul Bazar, one of the big markets in Munshiganj and Bhagyakul village anytime.

At least 15 shops and godowns in the market have already been eroded away by the river in last three days.

They include timber shop of Sultan Gazi, a hardware shop owned by Anil Das and Babul Das, godowns of Rahim Sikder and Jagannath Saha and workshops of Nabin Khan and Ruhul Amin.

People are not getting time to remove goods from their shops as strong tide of the river is devouring the establishments too fast, said villagers.

At least 20 dwelling houses of Bhagyakul village have already gone into the river while another 50 houses are facing erosion.

The Padma continues to devour areas at Bhagyakul in Sreenagar upazila of Munshiganj district as erosion by the river has taken a serious turn in the area.

A portion of the brick built house of Jobed Ali Munshi was devoured by the river yesterday morning.

The erosion has also damaged the house of Nandu Hawlader.

On a visit to the village it was learnt that CI sheets given by the government for distribution among the erosion-hit people earlier are still lying in the godown as some locals obstructed the initiative alleging partiality in distribution process. People here also demanded distribution of government khas land among the erosion victims.

More than 100 institutions including about century-old Bhagyakul Harendralal High School and Bhagyakul Water Development Board (WDB) Training Centre are threatened by the Padma, said locals demanding urgent and effective government steps to stop river erosion.

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