Assistant Professor, Department Of Geography, Krishnagar Govt. College, Krishnagar, Nadia, West Bengal, India *Corresponding Author Phone No. 8926059023
Abhay Sankar SAHU
Assistant Professor, Department Of Geography, University Of Kalyani, Kalyani, Nadia-741235, West Bengal, India.
The present paper deals with the problem of bank failure and the present condition of erosion victims in Dhulian. Continuous shifting of river course and erosion introduce vulnerable conditions on physical as well as social environment. Simple methodologies have been adopted to conduct this study. Primary data have been collected from the erosion victims regarding their condition. Satellite images have been used here for mapping purposes. Several statistical methods have also been used for discussions as well. Thousands of people – especially living along the river bank – are in a high risk condition. Population displacement from the river bank areas is the main impact of erosion. Gradual areal extension of riverine islands (chars) is one of the cause which leads to continuous sifting of Ganga towards right bank exhibits not a good sign for the densely populated Dhulian. Overall the condition of the erosion victims is very poor and challenging.
Keywords: River bank erosion, vulnerability, erosion victims, protective strategies