River erosion leaves thousands homeless and swallows farmland

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MAXIMUM RISK AREAS

Areas of four districts, as described by Malik, are at maximum risk: Sirajganj, Tangail, Rajbari and Madaripur.

Medium risk districts: Kurigram, Jamalpur, Gaibandha, Manikganj, Pabna, Kushitia, Rasjshai and Faridpur.

Nine of the 17 areas marked at risk are on the bank of the Jamuna River, six on the bank of the Ganges and the other two on the Padma River.

In these 17 areas, CEGIS has highlighted at least 600 hectares of agricultural land, 15 hectares of settlements, more than 2.25 km of roads, 2 km of embankments, 27 educational institutions, 17 mosques, 5 markets, two cemeteries, an orphanage and a few other establishments. are in danger this season.

RISK BASIN

Malik, who is also a member of the National Rivers Commission, said CEGIS forecast data can be used to take three types of precautionary measures.

RISKS OF FLOODING AND SAND EXTRACTION

The Meteorological Department of Bangladesh has already predicted that the northern and southeastern parts of Bangladesh are at risk of flooding in September.

This year, Bangladesh has experienced less rain during the usual monsoon. In July and August, precipitation was respectively 58% and 36% lower than in previous years.

BMD Director, Md Azizur Rahman said parts of the northern, northeastern and southeastern regions of the country will experience flooding by the end of this month.

At least 18 districts, including Sylhet, experienced massive flooding in June which, according to a government estimate, damaged assets worth 870 billion taka.

Dr. AKM Saiful Islam, a professor at BUET’s Institute of Water and Flood Management, said it has become a norm that if areas of the main river upstream experience heavy rains, areas downstream are flooded.

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