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Flood in northern districts: Three die, thousands marooned

Flood in northern districts: Three die, thousands marooned
The raging floodwater breaching an embankment in Lalmonirhat on Sunday August 13, 2017 Dhaka Tribune

At least 400,000 people have been put in jeopardy by the flood with no working road or rail connections

At least three people have died, while thousands are marooned as the flood situation have gotten worse in the northern districts of the country due to heavy rainfall and excessive water flow from the upstream.

In Dinajpur, more than 50,000 people have been marooned, hundred of schools closed down, and crops in 40 hectares of land damaged as the flood protection dam washed away due to the onrush of water from the upstream, our correspondent reported on Sunday.

An elderly woman named Aroda Bala was reportedly killed due to landslide in Kaharole upazila in the afternoon, said Golam Mostofa, officer of the Department of Agricultural Extension.

Hatcheries, brick fields and crops have been badly damaged due to the flood.

The water level of all the major rivers in Dinajpur, including the Punurvaba and the Atrai, rose by 80cm in the last 24 hours until 9am on Sunday, due to incessant rain and onrush of hilly waters from the upstream.

Our Sylhet correspondent reported that the water level of Surma, Kushiara, Piain, Sari, Lova and Dhalai rivers crossed their danger levels last night, inundating Gowainghat, Companiganj, Jaintapur and Kanaighat areas.

In Kurigram, more than 100,000 people are marooned in nine upazilas due to the rise of water level in Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharla and Dudhkumar rivers.

Moreover, a segment of the flood control embankment was damaged due to strong current, inundating a local kitchen market within a minute.

As of last night, the Dharla River is flowing 134cm above the danger level, while the Brahmaputra is flowing 45cm above the danger level, said Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) officials.

Our Thakurgaon correspondent reported that a woman named Rehana Parveen at Niamatpur village in Pirganj uapazila died in the onrush of floodwater on Sunday.

Fifty villages in five upazilas as well as several areas in the municipality have been flooded due to heavy rain on Tuesday night and Wednesday and overflowing of the rivers, said the district administration sources.

The Ministry of Relief and Disaster Management has provided 40 tonnes of rice and Tk1.5 lakh in cash as relief to the flood-hit people.

In Lalmonirhat, a four-year-old named Nazim Hossain died in Sadar upazila on Sunday. At least 400,000 people have been put in jeopardy by the flood with no working road or rail connections, reports our correspondent.

Thirty-four villages are entirely flooded, which was followed by the BWDB issuing a red alert for the area. People living in 63 chars are currently at risk of losing their homes and livelihoods.

The Teesta was flowing 65cm above the danger level, 10cm above the previously recorded highest water level. The Dharla is flowing 108cm above the danger level.

BWDB Deputy Assistant Engineer Aminur Rashid confirmed that the water level in the Teesta is the highest ever.

Police has been deployed to maintain order round the clock. The district civil surgeon has been unreachable over the phone. No medical teams have been spotted yet.

The Teesta and the Dharla with several other rivers have swollen up dangerously and have destroyed three dams in Lalmonirhat. A 500m flood bypass road connecting Lalmonirhat to Nilphamari has also been destroyed by the raging waters.

The Itpota, Shiberkhuti and Khatamari dams in Moghalhat area in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila have been breached by the water; an embankment in Patgram has also collapsed.

Teesta and Dharla waters have worn down the Burimari landport-Lalmonirhat rail route in three locations. Rail connection has been severed from Sunday morning.

Lalmonirhat Railway Divisional Manager Nazmul Islam said: “We have identified three places over a 78km stretch where the rail tracks are completely unusable.”

 

Our Sylhet Correspondent Saiful Islam, Dinajpur Correspondent Md Faruk Hossain, Kurigram Correspondent Ariful Islam and Lalmonirhat Correspondent Moazzem Hossain contributed to this article

 

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