Thousands of victims of river erosion forced to leave homes in Bangladesh
Dhaka, Sep 13 (IANS) As moderate to heavy rainfall continued across Bangladesh on Thursday, thousands of victims of river erosion were living in shelters or in the houses of friends or relatives after losing their land and livelihood to a rising, hungry river.
Imam Hossain, a prosperous trader in the Char Jujira village in Shariatpur district in central Bangladesh, who owned a cooking gas supply agency, a supermarket, two houses and several acres of farming land, is today a pauper.
"Once we were known as a Zamindar (landlord) here, but now we have become destitute," Hossain, who is currently living in the house of a relative, was cited as saying by Efe news.
According to the local government, at least 5,081 families were displaced in three months. Hossain said his house was located at least 500 meters away from the river bank, but as the rains started the entire area gradually eroded away.
The river also devoured a community clinic, two primary schools, two markets, two ferry stations, parts of a large market, the main building of the local hospital, some private clinics, a shrine, a school for handicapped children, and several mosques and temples, said Sanjida Yeasmin, the administration chief of Naria sub-district of Shariatpur.
"Land erosion has been happening over the last eight to 10 years here. But the damage is huge this time as compared to the past years," she said.
"The erosion is not unusual here. But due to some hidden islands in the river bed and upstream flood water, the intensity of the erosion is rising," said Lutfur Rahman, the Director of Bangladesh River Research Institute.
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