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Residents panic-stricken as erosion hits Khulna villages

October 04, 2023 00:00:00

The Bhadra River devours a vast tract of farmland and homesteads at villages in Dacope upazila of Khulna — UNB

KHULNA, Oct 03 (UNB): Panic has gripped residents of Khulna's Dacope upazila as erosion hit hard the riverside villages, including the road adjacent to Botbunia Bazar under Tildanga union.

According to locals, due to heavy downpour in the past few days and rising tides in various rivers in the area on Monday night, several cracks have appeared on the Wapda Road near Botbunia Bazar on the bank of Bhadra river.

Gazi Jalal Uddin, chairman of Tildanga Union Parishad, said the Wapda Road can collapse any time and water could enter the locality, causing huge losses.

If water enters, Aman paddy being cultivated on thousands of bigha of land will be inundated, fish in the pond will be washed away, and houses in the area will be flooded, he feared.

He also said the matter was immediately reported to Dacope Upazila Parishad Chairman Munsur Ali Khan and Upazila Nirbahi Officer Joydev Chakraborty.

When contacted, Dacope Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Joydev Chakraborty said he is now in Dhaka for official purposes, but he has already informed the DG and engineer of the Water Development Board. "They will take action in this regard as soon as possible," he hoped.

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