|• MP||Pankaj Nath |
|• Total||435.79 km2 (168.26 sq mi)|
|• Density||700/km2 (1,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+6 (BST)|
|Website||Official Map of the Mehendiganj Upazila|
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Mehendigonj is located at Meghna is surrounded by this small island causing erosion every year during the monsoon season. The popular towns such as Ulania, Kaliganj in the east are in serious danger. About 9,480 people of 1,343 families have become homeless due to erosion. The rivers have expanded to cover 10,501 acres (42.50 km2) of land, 17 schools and colleges, 3 madrasas, 22 mosques and temples, 1,222 ponds, 18 kilometer roads, 42 business establishments, 3 big hats and 500 acres (2.0 km2) of betel nut groves.. It has 55,128 households and a total area of 435.79 km². The river
Mehendigonj has a history of its own in education and culture, trade and commerce, agriculture and artistry. But the Meghna, the Tentulia and the Mashkata have become the 'fait accompli' of three lakh people of the upazila. The rivers have already swallowed most of the areas of several unions including Gubindapur, Jagalia, Darirchar-Khajuria, Bhashanchar and Andermanik.
There is a documentary titled Mehendigonj of Barisal at Estuary of Meghna based on river erosion directed by Fuad Chowdhury. The documentary portrays the severity of river erosion in monsoon season (July–September). Only in 2007, 12,000 acres (49 km2) of land was engulfed by the river Meghna, making around forty thousand people landless, especially affecting women's privacy and security. Hardly any initiative can be seen to rehabilitate these affected people and to stop the river erosion. Local people are helping each other with their limited resources. In the last 300 years, the feudal landlord (Jamidars) of Ulania of Mehendigonj built an estate of 100 buildings which are also under the threat of Meghna erosion.
According to the 2001 Bangladesh census, Mehendigonj had a population of 304,364. Males constituted 154,400 of the population, and females 149,964. Mehendigonj had an average literacy rate of 62.5% (7+ years), against the national average of 46.5%.
Mehendigonj thana was turned into an upazila in 1983. It consists of one municipality, 9 Wards, 13 Unions, 11 Mahallas, 124 Mauzas, 155 villages and 58,719 households.
- Andher Manik
- Char Ekkaria
- Char Gopalpur
- Darirchar Khajuria
- Mehendigonj (Code.8270)
- Joy Nogar
- Asad Chowdhury, poet, resides in Mehendiganj.
- Abdul Gaffar Choudhury, journalist and author of the lyrics to Amar Bhaier Rokte Rangano, was born at Ulania in 1934.
- Ahsan Habib (2012). "Mehendiganj Upazila". In Sirajul Islam and Ahmed A. Jamal (ed.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
- "Population Census Wing, BBS" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2005-03-27. Retrieved January 23, 2009.
- "Steps for protecting historical places from erosion demanded". Dhaka Tribune. 21 December 2014.
- "Birthday Celebrations for Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury today at Bangla Academy". The Daily Observer. 12 December 2014.