Depression in the Bay: Two villages in Khulna flooded, 200 families waterlogged

The unexpected tide of the Sakbaria river, due to depression in the Bay, has inundated two villages in Khulna’s Koyra Upazila. As a result, around 200 families in the villages of Gatirgheri and Hariharpur are waterlogged.

Locals have complained that due to the negligence of the contractor, the embankment at Hariharpur village in Uttar Bedkashi union has been breached and water has entered the locality, reports our local correspondent.

Uttar Bedkashi Union council Chairman, Sardar Nurul Islam, told the press, “The dam broke due to negligence of the contractor. The Water Development Board had signed a deal with a contractor to build a new dam at the site, but the contractor failed to construct it in time.”

The tidal waters in the Sakbaria river rose due to cyclone Jawad on Saturday (December 4) night, breaking the dam and flooding two villages, said Gautam Das, a local resident.

Mashiul Abedin, the deputy assistant engineer of Satkhira Water Development Board-2, said that due to inclement weather, the water level in the Sakbaria River has risen by four to five feet in the last three to four days. As a result of the water pressure, the embankment on the east side of Hariharpur launch ghat has been broken. Contractors have been hired, and they are currently trying to repair the dam.