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Flood situation to worsen in central parts of country

Serious flooding likely in Padma River beds in next 24hrs: FFWC
Special Correspondent, Dhaka
Flood situation to worsen in central parts of country
A flood-affected family in Baishakhi Char of Dhunat Upazila in Bogura moves their belongings to a safer area by a boat yesterday. Flood situation in central region and Padma basin areas are likely to worsen, says forecast. Star Mail Photo

The flood situation will get worse in the central parts of the country as the onrush of upstream water continues to increase, the Flood Forecasting Warning Centre (FFWC) said in its forecast yesterday. The flood situation is likely to deteriorate further in Tangail, Manikganj, Rajbari, Faridpur and Munshiganj districts, it added.

According to the FFWC, people residing in the Padma River beds are likely to face serious flooding in the next 24 hours. Major rivers like the Padma, Jamuna, Dharla, Surma, Dhaleswari, Brahmaputra, Atrai, Karotoa, Ghagot and Old Brahmaputra were still flowing above the danger level at 21 points in the country.

Road communications between Tangail-Bhuapur and Jamalpur-Sherpur were suspended as the roads lay submerged under flood water.With over 30 lakh people marooned across 21 districts, the victims alleged that they were not getting relief materials. The state minister for disaster management and relief Dr Enamur Rahman yesterday said the government has adequate relief materials and there will be no problem for the flood-affected people.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Open University and Technical Education Board have cancelled its scheduled examinations due to the floods.

“The flood situation will deteriorate in the central parts of the country as waters of the Ganges and Padma Rivers will continue to rise in the next 24 hours. The Padma River at Sureswar point may cross the danger level within 24 hours,” Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board (WDB), told The Independent. He added that the flood situation in Bogura, Jamalpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha Netrokona, Sunamganj and Sylhet districts may improve in the next 24 hours.

 Tangail

About 3 lakh people in Tangail Sadar, Bhuapur, Goplapur, Kalihati, Basail,

Delduwar, Nagorpur and Dhanbari upazilas were affected by flood water.

About 50 metres of the Bhuapur-Tarakanda flood control embankment in Bhuapur upazila were washed away, affecting more areas by rushing flood waters.

About 150 villages in 30 unions in Tangail district were inundated by flood waters due to the onrush of water from the upstream of Rivers Jamuna and Dhaleswari.

Also yesterday, two siblings were washed away by flood waters, raising the death toll in the district to six.

Communication on the Dhaka-Bhuapur-Tarakanda highway has snapped. The transportation of fertilizer by road from Jamuna Urea Fertilizer Factory to Dhaka and other parts of the country has been suspended.

Army personnel from 18 Engineering Battalion of Bangabandhu Cantonment have been deployed to repair the road, Tangail DC Md Shahidul Islam said.

The WDB is also working to protect the important road.

Local people, however, alleged that the WDB did not repair the road. As a result, the important road has been washed away, disrupting communication with the capital and district headquarters. Around 67 educational institutions in the district have been closed due to the floods.

 Kurigram

The overall flood situation in the district remained unchanged as the Brahmaputra, Dharala, Dudkumar and other major rivers were flowing above the danger level for the past 11 days.

According to WDB sources, the water level of the Brahmaputra River was flowing 90 cm above the danger level at Chilmari point and 57 cm above the red mark at Nunkhaoa point. The Dharala River was flowing 59 cm above the danger level at Setu point, they said.

Roumari, Rajibpur and Chilmari upazila headquarters were flooded following the collapse of a portion of the town protection embankment.

Meanwhile, the suffering of the flood-hit people intensified due to lack of pure drinking water and adequate relief materials.

Sources at the district administration’s control room said as many as 864 villages in 57 unions were flooded, leaving eight lakh people marooned.

The district administration said over 64,000 people had taken shelter in 186 centres in Kurigram.

Crops over 20,000 hectares were destroyed while 500 km of roads, 40 km of embankments and 41 bridges and culverts were damaged in the district.

Over 9,734 tube wells went out of order after being submerged by floodwaters, the sources said.

Dr SM Aminul Islam, Kurigram Civil Surgeon, said 85 medical teams were working in the area. They are providing pure drinking water by using five water-treatment machines.

The district administration is also distributing water purification tablets and saline among the flood-hit people, he added.

Md Hafizur Rahman, acting Kurigram DC, said the district administration had distributed 800 mts rice, Tk 13.50 lakh, and 3,000 packets of dry food among the flood-hit people.

 Jamalpur

Road communications between Sherpur and Jamalpur have been disrupted after the roads near Porar Dokan and Shimultali areas were submerged by flash floods.

Bus services from Sherpur to Jamalpur along with various northern routes from Dhaka, came to a halt resulting in an increase in transport costs, said Sujit Kumar Ghosh, general secretary of Sherpur Bus Owners’ Association.

Brahmaputra River had risen by 20 cm at the Brahmaputra Bridge point by 6 pm on Friday and it has been flowing 7 cm above the danger level, said Golam Mostafa, gauge reader of Jamalpur WDB.

Many new parts of Sherpur, incuding Kamarer Char, Charpokkhimari, Bolaichar, Betmari, Ghughurakandi, Charmocharia in Sadar Upazila, Bhelua and Kharia Kazi Char Union in Sreebardi area were inundated on Friday, leaving thousands of people stranded.

Flooding has damaged homes, roads, educational institutions, and crop fields in these villages. A large number of ponds and fisheries have also been flooded.

At least four people, including a child and an elderly woman, have drowned in floodwaters in the last six days.

A section of Kamarer Char Bazar has also been flooded with boats and makeshift rafts becoming the only viable mode of transportation. A large herd of buffalos was sent to Sherpur due to a dearth of dry land in Balizuri area in Jamalpur’s Madarganj upazila.

“At least 172 villages under 35 unions have been inundated, leaving more than 63,000 people stranded. At least 52 educational institutions have been closed for over a week,” said district relief and rehabilitation officer Abdul Rouf.

 Manikganj

The waters of River Jamuna were flowing 42 cm above the danger level at Aricha point.

WDB official Faruk Hossain said erosion has intensified due to the strong current of the river. “Water of the river has been increasing for the last few days. Now water is flowing 42 cm above the danger mark,” he said.

 Gaibandha

The overall flood situation in the chars areas and Brahmaputra River basin in four upazilas in the district has been improving since Thursday night as flood waters have started receding.

WDB officials said the Ghagot River in the district has recorded a fall by 22 cm during the period. It was flowing 72 cm above the danger mark at New Bridge Road point of the district town.

M Shahidul Islam, assistant commissioner and acting district relief and rehabilitation officer, said as many as 485,328 people were marooned in the district.

Some 74,104 flood victims have taken shelter in 180 centres, he said.

They have also brought along their belongings, domestic animals and poultry birds, he added.

Gaibandha DC M Abdul Matin said relief distribution activity has been intensified for the flood victims in Sundargarnj, Sadar, Fulchhari and Shaghata upazilas to mitigate their sufferings.

A total of 950 tonnes of rice, Tk 14 lakh, and 6000 packets of dry food were distributed to the flood victims, the DC said.

IK

 

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