Photographer: Rayhan Ahmed
Title: River erosion of padma and suffering of affected peoples.
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Period: 09/2018 - 09/2021
Category: Environment

Thousands of people have become homeless due to recent erosion of the river Padma. A vast area of cultivable land, many houses, educational institutions, mosques and temples in these areas have also been washed away within a few hours.

Natural disasters are common in Bangladesh. Almost every year Bangladesh is affected by various natural disasters such as floods, cyclones, tidal bores, excessive rainfall, etc. Of all these, erosion is a common disaster in our country. In recent years erosion by the river Padma continued throughout the year. But, this year during the monsoons, it takes in its worst. The people of the villages are the worst affected. Many families living near river banks have become homeless, lost their cultivable land. They have shifted to places where they do not feel secure. Three educational institutions: a primary school, a madrasha, and a high school, two mosques, a very ancient temple have been washed away by the eroding river within 48 hours. The affected people are now in extreme misery. Most of them are day laborers. So they need immediate help. The children are the most sufferers. They have lost their dear houses and schools.

In a word, the miseries of the people affected beggar description. An old man aged 80 has expressed his grave concern and said, “Every year we are affected by the erosion of the Padma but this year it has taken a devastating turn.” “If the local government body takes steps in removing our miseries,” he regrets, “I wish we could live happily.”



Landslide in Padma eruption

Thousands of people have become homeless due to recent erosion of the river Padma A vast area of cultivable land many houses educational institutions mosques and temples in these areas have also been washed away within a few hours br Natural disasters are common in Bangladesh Almost every year Bangladesh is affected by various natural disasters such as floods cyclones tidal bores excessive rainfall etc Of all these erosion is a common disaster in our country In recent years erosion by the river Padma continued throughout the year But this year during the monsoons it takes in its worst The people of the villages are the worst affected Many families living near river banks have become homeless lost their cultivable land They have shifted to places where they do not feel secure Three educational institutions a primary school a madrasha and a high school two mosques a very ancient temple have been washed away by the eroding river within 48 hours The affected people are now in extreme misery Most of them are day laborers So they need immediate help The children are the most sufferers They have lost their dear houses and schools br In a word the miseries of the people affected beggar description An old man aged 80 has expressed his grave concern and said Every year we are affected by the erosion of the Padma but this year it has taken a devastating turn If the local government body takes steps in removing our miseries he regrets I wish we could live happily

Crop lands are being lost due to erosion of Padma

Thousands of people have become homeless due to recent erosion of the river Padma A vast area of cultivable land many houses educational institutions mosques and temples in these areas have also been washed away within a few hours br Natural disasters are common in Bangladesh Almost every year Bangladesh is affected by various natural disasters such as floods cyclones tidal bores excessive rainfall etc Of all these erosion is a common disaster in our country In recent years erosion by the river Padma continued throughout the year But this year during the monsoons it takes in its worst The people of the villages are the worst affected Many families living near river banks have become homeless lost their cultivable land They have shifted to places where they do not feel secure Three educational institutions a primary school a madrasha and a high school two mosques a very ancient temple have been washed away by the eroding river within 48 hours The affected people are now in extreme misery Most of them are day laborers So they need immediate help The children are the most sufferers They have lost their dear houses and schools br In a word the miseries of the people affected beggar description An old man aged 80 has expressed his grave concern and said Every year we are affected by the erosion of the Padma but this year it has taken a devastating turn If the local government body takes steps in removing our miseries he regrets I wish we could live happily

Homes are getting lost in the river

Thousands of people have become homeless due to recent erosion of the river Padma A vast area of cultivable land many houses educational institutions mosques and temples in these areas have also been washed away within a few hours br Natural disasters are common in Bangladesh Almost every year Bangladesh is affected by various natural disasters such as floods cyclones tidal bores excessive rainfall etc Of all these erosion is a common disaster in our country In recent years erosion by the river Padma continued throughout the year

The village is disappearing due to river erosion

River erosion is a silent disaster that often strikes different parts of Bangladesh Since the country is a riverine and floodplain river bank erosion occurs randomly in major river systems br Thousands of people have been affected by the erosion of Padma Arial Kha and Kumar rivers The locals are suffering under the open sky after losing everything

Attempts to prevent breakage with cement blocks

River bank erosion is a severe problem facing Bangladesh In every monsoon significant amount of riverside land is being eroded which makes people displaced destitute and ultimately affecting the country s socio-economic structure Every year the Bangladesh Government is funnelling a huge amount of money through Bangladesh Water Development Board BWDB to prevent the river bank erosions but no significant improvement is observed yet This research aimed to compare the performance of geo-bags and cement concrete CC blocks in the bank protection works In this regard geo-bags and CC blocks revetment sites were visited necessary information from BWDB engineers local people who were involved in the preparation placement dumping and maintenance process of both CC blocks and geo-bags are collected Finally costs based on volume and coverage area and photographic images collected from different river bank protection sites were analysed Based on the field observations image analysis and information from different sources this research found that each material is more of a mixed bag with both positive and negative sides being suitable for different cases However this research will help the respective people to understand the potential causes of failure of geo-bags and CC blocks revetments that may lead to taking necessary actions for much better river bank protection works

The inhuman life of the people in the affected areas

River erosion is a silent disaster that often strikes different parts of Bangladesh Since the country is a riverine and floodplain river bank erosion occurs randomly in major river systems br Thousands of people have been affected by the erosion of Padma Arial Kha and Kumar rivers The locals are suffering under the open sky after losing everything

Mile after mile of land is disappearing in the womb of Padma

In recent years erosion by the river Padma continued throughout the year But this year during the monsoons it takes in its worst The people of the villages are the worst affected Many families living near river banks have become homeless lost their cultivable land They have shifted to places where they do not feel secure Three educational institutions a primary school a madrasha and a high school two mosques a very ancient temple have been washed away by the eroding river within 48 hours The affected people are now in extreme misery Most of them are day laborers So they need immediate help The children are the most sufferers They have lost their dear houses and schools br In a word the miseries of the people affected beggar description

The government does not have a good system to prevent the breakdown

Thousands of people have become homeless due to recent erosion of the river Padma A vast area of cultivable land many houses educational institutions mosques and temples in these areas have also been washed away within a few hours br Natural disasters are common in Bangladesh Almost every year Bangladesh is affected by various natural disasters such as floods cyclones tidal bores excessive rainfall etc Of all these erosion is a common disaster in our country In recent years erosion by the river Padma continued throughout the year But this year during the monsoons it takes in its worst The people of the villages are the worst affected Many families living near river banks have become homeless lost their cultivable land They have shifted to places where they do not feel secure Three educational institutions a primary school a madrasha and a high school two mosques a very ancient temple have been washed away by the eroding river within 48 hours The affected people are now in extreme misery Most of them are day laborers So they need immediate help The children are the most sufferers They have lost their dear houses and schools br In a word the miseries of the people affected beggar description

Last devotion to the goddess

Thousands of people have been affected by the erosion of Padma Arial Kha and Kumar rivers The locals are suffering under the open sky after losing everything The picture shows an old woman coming to pay her last respects to her beloved old temple At any moment the old temple of his worship can be washed away in the river Padma What a cruel game of nature To whom people are so helpless The laws of nature are not always good for everyone Sometimes it becomes a cause of misfortune for someone

Public life is disrupted by the terrible grip of Padma

Natural disasters are common in Bangladesh Almost every year Bangladesh is affected by various natural disasters such as floods cyclones tidal bores excessive rainfall etc Of all these erosion is a common disaster in our country In recent years erosion by the river Padma continued throughout the year But this year during the monsoons it takes in its worst The people of the villages are the worst affected Many families living near river banks have become homeless lost their cultivable land They have shifted to places where they do not feel secure Three educational institutions a primary school a madrasha and a high school two mosques a very ancient temple have been washed away by the eroding river within 48 hours The affected people are now in extreme misery Most of them are day laborers So they need immediate help The children are the most sufferers They have lost their dear houses and schools

Clinic Hospital Everything is now in the middle of Padma

River erosion has continued for the last few years but the Padma has become terribly br destructive this monsoon and engulfed at least two square kilometres of land in Naria Upazila br in the central district of Shariatpur br Muktarer Char Kedarpur Union and a huge swathe of land in Naria Municipality have almost br lost their existence to the continuous erosion of the river At least 5 000 families in the areas br have lost their households and become refugees br The Padma has also begun to devour the Naria Upazila Health Complex br the only government institution with 50 beds for patients to provide health services to the 250 000 people br Apart from agriculture expatriate remittance is another source of income for the people in Naria br Many families have one or two of their members living in Italy or in other European countries br The river erosion is also destroying the high-rise buildings that were constructed with the money br sent by the migrant workers br A number of houses bridges roads culverts along with more than 400 shophouses and business houses br went into the river within a week Many of the locals are shifting their houses and shophouses to survive br The affected families have taken refuge in the 39 cyclone centres They have received rice and other dry food br The government has also moved to provide money and tin to rehabilitate the affected families

Standing on the river bank, reminiscing about the lost houses and lands

Thousands of people have become homeless due to recent erosion of the river Padma A vast area of cultivable land many houses educational institutions mosques and temples in these areas have also been washed away within a few hours br Natural disasters are common in Bangladesh Almost every year Bangladesh is affected by various natural disasters such as floods cyclones tidal bores excessive rainfall etc Of all these erosion is a common disaster in our country In recent years erosion by the river Padma continued throughout the year But this year during the monsoons it takes in its worst The people of the villages are the worst affected Many families living near river banks have become homeless lost their cultivable land They have shifted to places where they do not feel secure Three educational institutions a primary school a madrasha and a high school two mosques a very ancient temple have been washed away by the eroding river within 48 hours The affected people are now in extreme misery Most of them are day laborers So they need immediate help The children are the most sufferers They have lost their dear houses and schools br In a word the miseries of the people affected beggar description