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Flood situation: Five districts underwater

  • Published at 11:48 pm October 1st, 2019
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People moving through the flooded lands via boats in Rajshahi on Tuesday, October 1, 2019Dhaka Tribune

Many people in Chapainawabganj are marooned due to the rise of water which has also destroyed 8000 hectares of cropland

At least five districts in the northwestern part of the country are underwater, and has increased in the last few days as the water levels in the Padma and Mahananda have risen, touching danger level, sources said.

Flood water has increased in Chapainawabganj due to torrential rains and water level in the Padma has risen by 3cm in the last 12 hours. In the Pankha point of Chapainawabganj, the water level is 27.09 cm which is just 0.41 cm lower than the danger level as recorded by the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) on Tuesday. Many people in Chapainawabganj are marooned due to the rise of water which has also destroyed 8000 hectares of cropland.  

The flood situation in Kushtia has worsened stranding around 50000 people. The water level at the Hardinge bridge point had crossed 10.25m yesterday, which is above danger level. 

In Natore, around 6000 residents in three unions of Natore's Lalpur upazila have been marooned by the floodwaters. 

The floods occurred due to the rise in the water level of the Padma River, where three unions - Bilamaria, Lalpur, and Iswardi, went under water, damaging 22 hectares of cropland, inflicting heavy losses on the farmers.

People of the area are currently suffering from lack of drinking water and food.

In Rajbari, the water level rose and was flowing 7cm above the danger level causing water to flood the city and stranding many people. 

In Rajshahi, the water level is just 41cm below the danger level, according to the BWDB. 

In Tangail, the water level in the Dhaleshwari River has risen and crossed the danger level by 7cm causing problems for people and many croplands have gone underwater. 

In Pabna, the water level is almost at danger level and many croplands have gone underwater. 

Water levels at 74 river stations, monitored by the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) have seen a marked rise while 18 stations recorded a drop in levels, reports BSS.

Among the 93 monitored stations, the water level at one river station has been registered steady while water levels at three river stations–the Padma at Goalundo, the Padma at Sureswar and Gorai at Kamarkhali– are flowing above the danger level, a bulletin issued by the FFWC said yesterday.

All the major rivers are on a rising trend expect the Surma-Kushiyara, the bulletin said, adding that the trend of the Ganges and Padma rivers may continue rising in the next 72 hours.

The reason for the floods in Bangladesh and India at the same time occurred due to torrential rains and not because the gates of the Farakka Barrage were opened, a source at the   Indian High Commission in Dhaka told Dhaka Tribune adding that it was a regular practice for India to open the gates during this time of the year.

AFP reported on Tuesday that the death toll in eastern India from the torrential late monsoon rains has risen to nearly 140, as hospitals and schools were inundated with dirty rainwater. 

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said the current monsoon has been the heaviest since 1994, classifying it "above normal", and this year's season has been longer than usual.

Over the last four days, 111 people have died in Uttar Pradesh state and a further 28 lost their lives in neighbouring Bihar, government officials told the news agency. 

Residents of Patna - the capital of Bihar, home to two million people - used lifeboats to escape heavily water-logged homes.

Although the rains have ceased, large swathes of the city remained submerged, with schools and shops closed.

Our correspondents Md Anwar Hossain, Chapainawabganj, Emroz Khandakar Bappi, Pabna, Abdullah Al Noman, Tangail , Dulal Abdullah, Rajshahi , Kazi Tanvir Mahmud, Rajbari, Kamal Mridha, Natore  contributed to the report