Heavy monsoon rainfall brought relief from the searing summer heat across the country, but immense sufferings for the 10,000 people of Satmera and Amarkhana unions in Panchagarh Sadar Upazila.
The wooden bridge over River Chawai, the only means of connection between these two unions during the season, broke down several weeks ago amid a heavy downpour. Now people of the eight adjacent villages have to walk an extra 10 kilometres to run their daily errands.
According to locals, amid heavy rains hyacinths and other waste stuck in the iron poles of the bridge caused a blockade and due to strong current of the river the bridge tilted to one side.
Locals and thousands of students from Khoi Para, Danga Para, Fakir Para, Sarkar Para, Pakhilaga and other villages are now somehow crossing the river over the risky tilted bridge as it was their only resort.
“The bridge was our only means of going to schools and colleges. A proper bridge over the river can save our education,” said Sabina Akter, a student from Pakhilaga village.
“Everyday taking 10 kilometres extra for carrying goods is not an easy job. We only got assurances of having it fixed whenever we contacted the local MP’s and LGED engineers in this regard,” said Basirul Alam, from Danga Para village in Satmera union.