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Erosion plays havoc at Companiganj

Our correspondent, Noakhali
Erosion plays havoc at Companiganj
This recent photo shows an erosion-hit area in Companiganj upazila of Noakhali district. The Bamoni River continues eroding homesteads and plantations in the area for the last few days. INDEPENDENT PHOTO

Erosion by the Bamoni river (linked to the Meghna river) has taken a serious turn at Char Elahi union in Companiganj upazila of Noakhali district in recent days. The river, which is very close to the Bay of Bengal, has turned turbulent following onrush of water from upstream.

The strong currents of the river have already devoured Gucha Gram and its only cyclone centre as well as two schools in the past 24 hours. The intensity of erosion has been attributed to the sudden rise in water level due to high tide and the onrush of water from the upstream.  The erosion has threatened the flood control embankment at some points at Balua char, East Langta char and Alahi char, said local people.

The river waters have started eroding vast areas including Elahi Char and Bamani in Companiganj upazila, they said, adding that a 2-km stretch has already gone underwater due to the strong currents of the Chotta Feni and Bamoni rivers, which are linked to the Bay of Bengal.  Locals complained that they have to frequently run to shelters during tides. Moreover, salty water continues to seep into their farmlands through the broken embankment, taking a toll on agricultural activities in the area.

Water development officer of Noakhali, M Nasirudddin, said: “We have already started shifting families from Char Elahi to safer places. We have also written to the higher authorities to build a new dam as early as possible.”

Around 500 houses, a mosque, two schools, a shelter centre and large tracts of paddy field have been washed away in recent days, locals said. They alleged that some areas were devoured due to the absence of a damno dam.

Road, bridge and communication minister Obaidul Quader is a native of this upazila. Thousands of villagers have requested the minister to look into the matter and take an initiative to urgently build at least one embankment at South Musapur in Companiganj upazila.

 

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