Villages flooded as dam collapses in Khulna

Aug 08, 2020

National
Villages flooded as dam collapses in Khulna

Dhaka (Bangladesh), Aug 8: Three villages of Deluti union in Paikgasaupazila in Khulna have been flooded following the breakdown of a dam in a reservoir (Jal Mahal) due to tidal surge.
Vast areas of Gewabunia, Paramdhukhali and Chakribakri in the upazila were flooded following the collapse of the dam, said local Union Parishad (UP) Chairman Ripon Kumar Mandal.
A vast tract of cropland and Aman seedbed went underwater causing worry to farmers. Besides, many fish enclosures were washed away and the floodwater also marooned around 500-600 families in the villages.
The lessee of the Jal Mahal has evacuated the area after the collapse of the dam.
Although the dam was initially repaired under the leadership of the local UP chairman, the locals are still worried.
UP Chairman Ripon said that the dam has been repaired following the advice of local MP Alhaj Md Akhtaruzzaman Babu and as per the instruction of UpazilaNirbahi Officer ABM Khalid Hossain Siddiqui.
However, it is still not safe, said the UP chairman.
Source: Dhaka Tribune