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30 lakh marooned in 21 dists

flood situation across country
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka
30 lakh marooned in 21 dists
People wade through knee-high water at a local bazaar while a boat remains anchored along a flooded street at Rajibpur in Kurigram as new areas were inundated in the district yesterday. Inset, an elderly man struggles to keep a crying baby afloat on his shoulder at Chilmari in the district. Focus Bangla Photos Focus Bangla Photo

The overall flood situation in Kurigram, Bogura, Sirajganj, Tangail, Sherpur, Manikganj, Faridpur and Munshiganj districts has steadily deteriorated and at least 30 lakh people have been marooned so far in 21 flood-affected districts. Inadequate supply of relief materials has also become a concern in the flood-hit areas, even though the authorities concerned claimed there has been no shortage of relief materials.

However, flood water has started receding in Rangamati, Sylhet, Sunamganj, Habiganj and Moulvibazar.

At least four people, including three children, have drowned in flood water in Tangail district. Many villages have gone under flood water due to breaching of the flood protection embankment in Sirajganj, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Tangail and Jamalpur.  Train communication between Bangabandhu Bridge and Tarakandi has been suspended.

According to Flood Forecasting Warning Centre (FFWC), the flood situation in Bogura, Sirajganj, Tangail, Manikganj, Faridpur, Munshiganj Kurigram, Jamalpur and Gaibandha districts will further deteriorate. “Waters of all the major rivers are on the rise, except the Brahmaputra and rivers of the north-eastern region. The Brahmaputra river may fall, while the Jamuna–Ganges and Padma rivers may continue to rise for two more days. The Lakhya river at Lakhpur may cross the danger level in the next 24 hours,” Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (WDB), told this correspondent yesterday.

The flood situation in Netrakona, Sunamganj, Sylhet, Habiganj and Moulvibazar districts may continue to improvie in the next 24 hours, he said.

According to the Met office, heavy rainfall is not likely in the upstream states of Bangladesh in the next couple of days.

In Kurigram, the Brahmaputra and Dharla rivers kept flowing more than 107cm above their respective danger levels  and inundating new areas. Fuad, the child of Sumon Mia of Kazirchawk area under Ulipur upazila, drowned in the flood water in the afternoon. With this, at least 11 deaths have so far been reported from the district in the last three days.

The rising waters have kept at least eight lakh people marooned.

The Brahmaputra was flowing 128 cm above the danger level at the Chilmari point, while the Dharla was flowing 107 cm above the red mark at the Bridge point, intensifying the woes of the victims. The flood-affected people face an acute shortage of drinking water and food. Many have been suffering from water-borne diseases.

 “The flood-affected people are living without food and pure water under the open sky. Many flood-stricken people are yet to get relief materials,” Humayun Kabir Sokku, chairman of Kodalkathi union parishad of Rajibpur under Kurigram district, told this correspondent.

Stading crops on about 15,159 hectare, 1,249 houses, 32.5km of embankments and 9,570 tubewells are fully damaged due to the flood water at 56 unions in nine upazilas of the district.

In Tangail, the flood situation worsened due to the onrush of waters of the Jamuna and Dhaleswari rivers. About 90 villages under Bhuapur, Sadar, Goplapur, Kalihati, Basail, Delduwar and Nagorpur upazilas have been inundated. At least 10000 people have become marooned, while four people, including three children, drowned in the district. Erosion has intensified in the area, rendering many people homeless.

According to Bangladesh Railway, train communication from Bangabandhu Bridge to Jamalpur via Tarakandi or Sarisabari has been suspended as the railway tracks have been flooded in Jamalpur.

Md Sirajul Islam, executive engineer of the Tangail Water Development Board, said the Jamuna was flowing 91 cm above the danger level at the Bhuapur point and the Dhaleswari was flowing 89 cm above the danger level yesterday.

Standing crops and vegetable fields have been flooded in the district. A 1.5-km stretch of the embankment by the side of the Jamuna under Bhuapur upazila has become vulnerable. “If the embankment is damaged, vast areas of the district will go under water,” the executive engineer added.

He also said geo bags have been dumped on a 75-metre stretch of the vulnerable area. The process is still going on. The approach road of a bridge of LEGD at Gorasin under Delduwar–Selimpur road has been washed away. Moreover, Jihad (2) of Gobindapur village under Bhuapur upazila, Tayeba (7) and Anjum (6) of Nallapara village under Delduwar upazila, and Keramot Ali (70) of Hobipur under Kalihati upazila drowned in the flood water.

In Gaibandha, normal life came to a grinding halt after the district town went under water last night, causing untold sufferings to thousands of its residents. The town was inundated after gushing water breached 20 points of the city embankment. Roksana Begum, the acting deputy commissioner of the district, said the administration is trying to repair the damaged parts.

At the confluence of the Jamuna and Brahmaputra rivers, the waters are flowing nearly five feet (153cm) above the danger level at the Fulchhari point, said WDB executive officer Mokhlesur Rahman.

The Ghaghot river too is flowing 94cm above the danger level.

The district’s rail communication with the northern part remained suspended for the second consecutive day yesterday.

More than 700 schools in the district have been shut down. Some of them are being used as shelters. But they lack food, drinking water and sanitation facility.

In rural areas, people are sharing shelters with their precious livestock, but the shortage of fodder is turning out to be a headache for them. Many people have taken shelter on boats in char areas.

Local municipality mayor Syed Jahangir Kabir Milon said they are trying to protect the town and its residents. The municipality is providing one meal a day to people in dire need, he added.

Though the district administration claims that it is distributing relief materials, many flood-affected people said they did not receive anything. “We’re having a very hard time. Let alone relief, nobody even contacted us,” one of the flood victims said.

In Sherpur, the sudden swelling of the old Brahmaputra river has led to inundation of new char areas, croplands and houses, triggering fears of a devastating flood. According to the Sherpur relief office, 172 villages in 35 unions of five upazilas have been flooded after heavy rains in the country and upstream regions adjacent to Bangladesh, leaving at least 63,000 people stranded. Fifty-two educational institutions have been forced to suspend academic activities after they had gone under water. The rising water is also causing panic among locals. New areas have gone under water. There is knee-deep water in the Sherpur-Jamalpur highway (Porar Dokan diversion) within one night.

SHK

 

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