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>DESPITE the emergency measures taken by the government, including excavation and cleaning of canals in the Dhaka-Narayanganj-Demra (DND) dam area, to check severe waterlogging, the region looks set to suffer from water logging for some time more, The Daily Star reports.
Indiscriminate fish farming and encroachment of canals are contributing to the continual waterlogging in the area.
About 20 lakh residents of the DND dam have to live with the risk as the authorities concerned fail to take long-term measures to improve the situation. Local people blame the continual growth of fishing farms in the area, including Matuail, Dakkhinpara, Muslimnagar, Mogolpara and Medical Road, for the waterlogging.
Another factor contributing to the problem is the encroachment of canals that are being filled up to set up gas and petrol filling stations in the area.

Over the years several hundred fishing farms have mushroomed in this area. Azim Uddin, a resident of Medical Road in south Matuail, said there are at least 50 such farms in the area he lives.

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