Nilphamari, Sept 12 (UNB) – River erosion has taken a serious turn in Dimla upazila of the district threating to wash away the dwelling houses of at least two thousand families in Charkharibari Mouja.
The people of Chotokhata, Banpara, Baishpukur Char, Chatunama Bhendabari Forest Char in Dimla upazila have been affected badly as the roads and houses were submerged following the onrush of hilly water from the upstream.
The only sand embankment in the area is under threat of erosion, according to locals.
“About 400 meters of the dam has already been gorged into the river,” they said.
Besides, the ten-meter approach road near dam no. four at Dohalpara point was also eroded in the river due to the rise of water in the Teesta river.
Meanwhile, more than 10,000 people of 23 villages in the char areas of Teesta and Dharala rivers have been trapped in flood water in Lalmonirhat district following onrush of water from upstream hilly areas.
The officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said the situation became worsened as India had opened the sluice-gates of the Gazaldoba barrage.
However, the water level of Teesta River at Dalia Teesta Barrage Point has been flowing below the danger level on Wednesday.
Rafiqul Alam Chowdhury, executive engineer of BWDB in Dalia said the flood situations have slightly improved in the district as 44 sluice gates of Teesta Barrage have been opened to control the flow of water.
Narayanganj, Sept 12 (UNB) – A fire broke out at a tyre factory at Dapa Idrakpur in Fatulla on Wednesday morning.
Manjur Quader, officer-in-charge of Fatullah Police Station, said the fire broke out at the factory around 8:30 am and spread soon.
On information, eight firefighting units rushed in and were trying to bring the fire under control.
Police suspected that fire might have originated from the chemical godown inside the factory.
Dhaka, Sept 11 (UNB) – Two minor girls, an elderly woman and a medical college student have been raped in separate incidents in Rajbari, Barishal, Khulna and Sirajganj districts while rape attempt has been made on another girl in Jashore.
In Rajbari, a six-year-old girl was raped allegedly by one of her neighbours at Bhagalpur village in Gualanda upazila on Sunday.
Aker Fakir, 22, son of Ratan Fakir, seduced the child into going to his house in the name of watching television and violated her there, said the victim’s father.
When they went to Aker’s house seeking redress, the youth and his family members threatened to kill them if they raise voice over the matter, he claimed.
The victim was taken to Upazila Health Complex on Monday where doctors referred her to Rajbari Sadar Hospital.
Inspector (Investigation) of Goalandaghat Police Station Md Aminul Islam said no complaint was lodged over the incident.
In Barishal, a man and his son were arrested from Uttar Borakotha village of Wazirpur upazila on Monday for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl.
Officer-in-charge of Wazirpur Police Station said Ali Akbar Bepari, 60, picked up the girl on July 15 and took her to an abandoned building at Daberkul where he raped her.
Later on September 2, his son Bellal Bepari, 35, also took the girl to a garden in the area and violated her.
On September 9, the girl narrated the incidents when asked by her mother after she fell sick.
In Khunla, an elderly woman who used to live by begging has reportedly been raped by a drunken man, Md Ferdaus alias Sohagh Sheikh, 32, son of Khokon Sheikh, in Chhoto Khalpara area of Tutpara in the city.
On Sunday night, the victim and her husband were sleeping in their slum. Sohag entered the house around 3am on Monday and forced him into the woman.
After hearing victim’s screams, locals caught Sohagh and handed him over to police, said officer-in-charge of Khulna Sadar Police Station.
In Sirajganj, police arrested a teacher of a medical college for reportedly raping a Nepalese student.
Officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station Mohammad Daud said Dr Tuhin, a lecturer of North Bengal Medical College, had been in love affairs with the victim.
He raped the medical student with a promise to marry her, he said, adding that the girl filed a case against him when he refused to marry her.
In Jashore, police arrested a sand trader—Golam Mostafa, son of Chand Ali -- as he allegedly tried to rape an 11-year-old child in Manirampur upazila on Tuesday.
The victim’s mother said Mostafa took the girl to a toilet of a house in Manirampur Bazar and tried to rape her.
After hearing victim’s screams, her mother rushed in when Mostafa fled.
Chattogram, Sept 11 (UNB) – A college student went missing in the bay at Patenga sea beach in the port city on Tuesday.
The missing was identified as Asif Shahriar, son of Md Barekul Islam, resident of Dulahazara village in Chokoria upazila of Cox’s Bazar district and class-XI student of Naval Forces School and College in Patenga.
Officer-in-charge of Patenga Police Station Abul Kashem Bhuiya said Asif along with his mate Nafis disappeared in the bay after they got down in the bay water skipping their college around 11pm.
Later, local photographers who were taking snaps of the bay saw them going down the water managed to rescue Nafis from the water body while Asif remained missing.
A team of divers of Chattogram firefighters and Naval forces has been conducting drive to rescue the missing, the OC added.
Thakurgaon, Sept 11 (UNB) – Two people -- a schoolboy and a woman -- have been killed in separate incidents of snakebite in Pirganj and Haripur upazilas of the district.
In Pirganj upazila, Hasan Dipu, 7, son of Akbar Ali of Narayanpur village, was sleeping in his room on Monday night when a snake bit him.
Family members first called a snake charmer who tried to treat the boy locally but failed.
Later, Dipu died on the way to hospital in the early hours of Tuesday.
Ramisa Begum, 35, wife of late Shafiuddin of Gajdumdangi village in Haripur upazila, was giving food to her cattle in the early hours of Tuesday when a snake bit her.
Later, she also died on the way to the Upazila Health Complex.