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Thousands marooned in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat flood

Thousands marooned in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat flood
Floods are an integral part of life in parts of Bangladesh Dhaka Tribune

A total of 88 medical teams have been formed for rendering services to the flood victims in Kurigram

Floods in Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts due to the rise of water levels of Brahmaputra and Teesta rivers following heavy downpour and onrush of water from upstream hilly areas left hundreds of thousands of people marooned.

More than 100,000 people in char areas of Teesta and Dharala rivers have been trapped in flood water in Lalmonirhat, reports UNB.

At least 63 villages of Hatibandha, Kaliganj, Aditmari, Sadar upazilas have been inundated.

The water level of Teesta River is flowing 18 centimetres above the danger level while Dharala River water is flowing above 13 centimetres above danger mark.

Embankments in Shiberkuti area of Kulaghat upazila and in Dhuni area of Hatibandha broke down as India opened 54 gates of Gajaldoba barrage.

According to sources at local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board, the Teesta Barrage Authority is trying to control the water by opening 44 gates of the barrage.

The people in the areas have been suffering from scarcity of pure water, sanitation, food and shelters.

The overall flood situation in Kurigram has further deteriorated as new areas are going under water due to the increase of water levels of all the rivers including Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharla, Dudhkumar.

The water level of Brahmaputra River is flowing 20 centimetres above the danger level at Chilmari point while Dharala River at Bridge point is flowing 12 centimetres above the danger mark.

More than 150,000 people of over 200 villages of Ulipur, Chilmari, Roumari, Rajibpur and Sadar upazilas have been marooned.

Alongside scarcity of pure water and food, waterborne diseases were spreading fast in the flood-hit areas. No relief or medicine reached the areas yet.

At least 80 educational institutes were shut down following the flood, said locals, adding that hundreds of hectares of cropland were inundated.

District Civil Surgeon Dr SM Aminul Islam said a total of 88 medical teams have been formed for rendering services to the flood victims.

Moreover, the district health department has cancelled all kinds of leave for its staff including doctors and health assistants to tackle any situation, he added.

Kurigram Deputy Commissioner Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan said some 2,000 packets of dry food, 150 metric tonnes of rice and Tk325,000 were allocated for the flood affected people.

The overall situation is so far under control, he further said.

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