Bangladesh river erosion makes thousands homeless: officials


Around 2,500 families have been made homeless by the Meghna river eroding huge chunks of land in southeastern Bangladesh, local officials said on Tuesday.

They said one man was killed when his house in Chandpur, 160 km (100 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka, collapsed into the river.

�Nur Hossain was drowned, over 3,000 houses and shops have been devoured as well as many schools and other buildings have been eroded by the river over the last week,?one official told Reuters.

�This (erosion) has been continuing for years but with little or no effort to contain it,?he said.

Rezaul Karim, Chandpur�s deputy commissioner, said many people had been pushed into poverty with the loss of their farmlands to the raging torrents.

Land erosion following heavy rains at the weekend also damaged a flood protection embankment, to send torrents of water over a large farming village called Haimchar, local resident Kamrul Hassan said.

Chandpur, one of Bangladesh�s biggest river ports, loses land and property to the river every monsoon season, officials said.

Recent floods in Bangladesh have killed more than 130 people and left more than two million others homeless