Canal re-excavation: Caritas brings 123 acres land under irrigation in Cox’s Bazar


105 people of host community get livelihood support under CfW

Cox’s Bazar Correspondent:

The Emergency Response Program (ERP) of Caritas Bangladesh (CB) has started re-excavating a 1.1km long canal under Cash for Work (CFW) at No-3 Ward in Rajapalong union in Cox’s Bazar.

The canal -Harashia Khyamon (Jhura)- will be 12 feet width on top and 8 feet width on the ground and it will be 2.5 feet height average.

Shariful Islam, Program Manager, DRR, ERP, CB, informed that the canal is being re-excavated under the ongoing FD- 6/5 project of ERP of Caritas Bangladesh. Caritas Australia is supporting for this project in Bangladesh, he added.

Over 3,000 people of the host community will be benefited by this intervention of Caritas Bangladesh, said Shariful Islam adding that “105 people (Female-30; Male-75) are involved under CfW activities and financially benefited by canal re-excavation activities here in Rajapalong.”

Caritas Bangladesh always prioritizes the disability inclusion in its activities, thus 9 persons with disability (Male-6; Female-3) have got the livelihood support here under CfW in canal excavation, Shariful said adding that they work according to their capacity.

All of 105 participants got Tk 400 each for working 30 days in total, he added.

Emphasizing the necessity of excavating the canal regularly, Shariful Islam, said Jhura canal was excavated in 2008 and it was filled with sediment that caused flood during monsoon every year and created public sufferings.

“This re-excavated canal will save over 200 families from flood,” Shariful said adding that monsoon water from hilltop will be passed easily now.

Earlier on 19 February 2022, Md. Jahangir Kobir Chowdhury, Rajapalong Union Parishad Chairman, Ukhiya, inaugurated the canal excavation activities in Cox’s Bazar.