CEGIS predicts rivers to grasp 3,222 hectares in 2017

DHAKA, May 24, 2017 (BSS) - CEGIS, a leading expert agency on water resources, today revealed a report fearing three major rivers to grasp over 3,222 hectares of land by the end of the current 2017 despite a declining trend of river erosion in the past three decades.

"The three major rivers (the Jamuna, Ganges and Padma) in total may cause erosion of 3,222 hectares of land (in 2017)," Centre for Environment and Geographical Information Services (CEGIS) said in a paper presented at a seminar on "Riverbank Erosion Prediction" at the CIRDAP auditorium here.

Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud was present on the occasion as the chief guest.

The CGIS report said that a total 1,205 hectares of land are vulnerable in the areas of Jamuna river, 386 hectares under the Ganges and 1,631 hectares likely to be devastated by the Padma river.

Even the report has identified the district-wise erosion, vulnerable areas are 344 hectares (ha) in Kurigram, 292 ha under Gaibandha, 16 ha in Jamalpur, 137 ha in Bogra, 273 ha in Sirajganj, 103 ha in Tangail and 40 ha in Manikganj which could be devoured by the river Jamuna.

In the Ganges river areas, 17 hectares land in Nawabganj, 69 ha land in Rajshahi, 300 ha land in Rajbari are predicted vulnerable by the river-erosion.

In the Padma river, 32 ha land in Dhaka, 486 ha in Faridpur, 543 ha in Shariatpur and 569 ha in Madaripur are vulnerable to the river erosion.

In addition to this, a large number of areas of settlement, embankment, district road, upazila road and rural road, educational Institutes, Hat-Bazar, Govt offices, Non-govt office, health centre, mosque and mandir are under the risk of devastation due to river erosion, the report detailed.

"The innovation prediction tool was developed using the latest technology of Remote Sensing Image and validated through ground trotting," it said, adding that therefore, accuracy of prediction matches well with the real occurrences.

"The present government is working sincerely to control the riverbank erosion ...the precautionary measures can be taken to control and preventing the river bank erosion if the forecast message is available in this regards," said Anisul Islam.

State Minister for Water Resource Muhammad Nazrul Islam spoke the seminar as the guest of honour while Senior Secretary of the Water Resource Ministry Dr Zafar Ahmed Khan, Country Director and Bangladesh Resident Mission of the Asian Development Bank Kazuhiko Higuchi and Director General of Bangladesh Water Development Board Md Jahangir Kabir were present as special guests.

Earlier in 2016, a total of 3,543 hectares of land were devoured by the major three rivers in the northern and central eastern areas of the country.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)