Bangladesh: Situation Report No.173 - River Erosion


Name of Disaster: River erosion

Locations: Netrokona, Kurigram, Sherpur and Gaibandha District of Bangladesh


Erosion has taken a serious turn in Dugrapur upazila as Someshwary and other rivers became full to their brim in the last few days due to heavy rain. Onrush of hill water from across the border added to the situation.

At least 300 dwelling houses and over 500 acres of cropland at Dakumara, Kamarkhali and Ranikong villages under Durgapur upazila have been devoured by the river in the last one week rendering more than 1000 people homeless. The erosion victims have taken shelter in the nearby flood shelters and on the highlands in neighboring villages.

About one kilometer of three-kilometer-long Shibganj-Ranikong Road, the lone link between Durgapur upazila Sadar and different bordering villages has been devoured by Someshowary much to the suffering of the locals. Locals dumped sands, bamboo and timbers to protect the areas from the erosion but all their attempts went in vain due to strong current in the river. The construction work of one kilometer out of 6-kilometer Someshwary river erosion protection embankment has already started.