Erosion worsens in Malda, DM, SP rush to affected areas

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SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
11 Sep 2018

Severe erosion by the Ganga has caused panic at different areas in Ratua I and Kaliachak III blocks. Water level in the Ganga has crossed the danger level already which is feared to be worsening in the next few days also. District magistrate Kaushik Bhattacharya and superintendent of police Arnab Ghosh rushed to Ratua I block to take stock of the situation today.
It has been learnt from the district irrigation department officials that the water level in the Gannga, Fulohar and the Mahananda may rise further following heavy flow from the upper catchment.
“The water would be coming down mainly from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh which may further deteriorate the situation,” said a senior irrigation official.
Bhattacharya, who inspected the erosion at Mahanandatola, Bilaimari and other areas in Ratua I block today conceded that the situation was alarming. “We used drone to get a view of the erosion-hit areas where we could not reach by boat. A school is on the verge of getting eroded. All possible measures have been ordered to rescue and rehabilitate the erosion victims,” Bhattacharya said.
“As land is not available near the eroded localities, we are in search of a suitable land at a little distance where the erosion victim families are likely to be shifted. The school, if swallowed by the river, would be relocated too. We have plan to build a model village where the erosion victims would be offered land for rehabilitation,” DM said.
Erosion has taken a serious turn in Kaliachak III block also. Anti-erosion work along 1 km stretch at Parlalpur area in the block has been wasted.
“The land where we started anti-erosion work has been partly eroded. Water level is still rising and we are anxious about the fate of the work,” said Pranab Kumar Samanta, executive engineer of district irrigation department.
He informed that water from The Ganga has already entered different villages in Kaliahak III block. “We are trying to prevent entry of water into human habitations with all our might,” Samanta said.
Susmita Das, head of Pardeonapur-Sovapur gram panchayet said, “Several villages have been flooded owing to erosion caused by sudden rise in water level of the Ganga. We anticipate disconnection of roadways between Baishnabnagar and the district headquarter.”
“Many habitants of Paranpara, Khoarpara, Mandalpara and other villages have deserted their houses to take refuge at safer places. We have appealed for relief from the district administration,” Das said.