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Contain river erosion -The Asian Age


That erosion of rivers has become a regular phenomenon in the country with all its destructive consequences is a fact we are deeply concerned about. 

It is all so very known that huge chunks of land are engulfed by rivers in the country every year, leaving thousands of people of the river basins displaced from their homes and contributing to immense sufferings for them. 

Reports published by media over the last several days showing devastating pictures of various rivers' devouring plain lands that accommodated marketplaces, educational institutions and houses even the previous day have drawn our attention to this issue once more. 

Reports say river erosion has turned severe in almost all, if not all, the districts in this riverine country over the years, already making many people landless and homeless. It is predicted by experts that many opulent areas will lose their existence one day, if the erosion cannot be stopped. 

And it may be said without hesitation that these areas' going into the rivers will have very dire repercussions on not only the lives and livelihoods of the people of the destroyed areas but the entire national economy will have to bear the brunt of it. The situation only calls for a holistic approach to deal with the problem that is getting more severe every passing year.  

That according to a prediction report made public earlier this year by Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) and Center for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), around 3,222 hectares of land and 362 settlements on both banks of Jamuna, Ganges and Padma are likely to disappear this year due to river erosion only reaffirms how horrifying the river erosion situation in the country has turned. 

But, why the intensity of river erosion cannot be reduced although the problem is very much preventable remains a big question. We all know which are the vulnerable areas and how can those areas be protected from erosion. 

It is clear the concerned authority, more precisely Bangladesh Water Development Board whose responsibility is to construct embankments and take other preventive measures against river erosion, has failed utterly over the years to make any marked improvement of the situation. 

It is widely alleged due to large-scale corruption of the WDB officials in spending the government allocations made every year for building dams and embankments, no satisfactory result cannot be attained in this area.

We strongly feel the necessity for an effective plan to contain river erosion. At the same time, we urge the government to take necessary measures in order to curb corruption and make the best use of public money.