Farmers of the Sunamganj Haor region are living in fear of their paddy being washed away by the Surma river.
The farmers said that a portion of the embankment adjacent to Ahsanpur School collapsed on Monday night, sending torrents of water crashing into the farm land of the haor in Jamalganj upazila.
According to them, vast tracts of farm land in the haor could soon be inundated if steps are not taken by the authorities concerned at the earliest.
Ali Nur, a local farmer, said, “I cultivated paddy after taking a loan. But now all my hard work has been washed away."
Some blamed the authorities for their negligent attitude. "Due to the failure of the authorities concerned in securing the embankment, we have suffered losses," said Raju Mia, another farmer.
Around 5,200 hectares of land in this haor has been brought under Boro cultivation, said upazila nirbahi officer Bishwajit Deb. "The farmers are trying their best to save their crops."