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‘Bangladesh to lose 3,000 hectares land due to erosion’

Dhaka, Bangladesh: Around 2,428 hectares of cultivable land and 413 hectares of settlement on the banks of Jamuna, Ganges and Padma rivers will disappear due to erosion this year. Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS) have made this prediction through analysing satellite images.
BWDB and CEGIS predict that 24,270 people will become homeless and landless due to the erosion of the three rivers this year. The highest 18,000 people on the bank of the Jamuna will become landless and homeless this year.
BWDB started protective works in several vulnerable areas but river erosion has turned serious in many places including Sariakandi and Dhunat upazilas of Bogra district, according to AKM Momtaz Uddin, executive engineer of BWDB, Bogra. “We are trying to protect three spurs in Sariakandi and Dhunat upazilas of Bogra which were constructed at accost of Tk 28 crore in 2000-2001 financial year,” he said.
BWDB and CEGIES claimed that at least 1,53,566 hectares of cultivable land along with 50,339 hectares of settlement were eroded due to erosion by Jamuna, Ganges and Padma rivers during the period from 1973 to 2011. In 2010, the rivers Jamuna, Ganges and Padma eroded more than 3,047 hectares of cultivable land and 332 hectares of settlements with 15 establishments including two health centres. At least 48 establishments including 35 educational institutions and two health centres are vulnerable to erosion along the Jamuna and Padma rivers. About 23,100 people on the riverbanks lost their shelter due to erosion in the last year, BWDB sources said.
Source: The Daily Star