Concrete blocks on around 50 metres out of 100 metres of the dyke on the Payra river in Amtali municipality area of Barguna collapsed into the river due to lack of repair, threatening Amtali town.
Barguna Water Development Board (WDB) Executive Engineer Md Moshiur Rahman said WDB built the 100-metre-long protection dyke on the Payra river bank from Kalibari to ferry ghat area in Amtali municipality in 1999 at a cost of Tk 4.5 crore.
No repair work was done on the dyke since then, and it became risky after it was hit by cyclones Sidr in 2007, Aila in 2008, Mohasen in 2013 and Roanu in 2016.
During a recent visit to the area, this correspondent saw that around 50 metres of the dyke had collapsed in three places and the earth under the blocks had been washed away.
Some landless and helpless people are living in huts on the dyke.
Aleya Begum, a landless woman who lives in a hut, said they are always afraid that a tidal surge might hit the area and the dyke will collapse. “Where will I go if the dyke collapses, as I am a landless and helpless woman?” she asked.
Jahir Uddin, another resident, said they do not have any other place to go if the dyke collapses, and urged the authorities to take immediate steps to save the dyke.
Amtali Municipality Mayor Md Motiar Rahman said immediate steps should be taken to repair the dyke to save the town.
Engineer Moshiur said they cannot repair the dyke at this moment as there is no allocation, but he will inform the higher authorities about the matter.