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Thousands displaced as flood situation deteriorates

  • Published at 03:21 pm June 28th, 2016

Flood situation in Kurigram has deteriorated due to incessant rain and onrush of water from upstream rivers.
Most of the low-lying char areas in six upazilas have been inundated as the major rivers, including the Teesta, Brahmaputra and Dharala,  continued to flow above their danger levels yesterday, local sources said. About 75,000 people of char areas have been marooned, as the floodwater has inundated their houses as well as croplands, causing untold sufferings to them. Thousands of people have started moving to safer places. Many of them have taken shelter on flood control embankment and schools. Due to rise of water level in Teesta River, erosion has already taken serious turn at five villages under Jatrapur union parishad, said the sources, adding that Jatrapur Govermnent Primary School was now on the verge of existence. According to the Water Development Board, Kurigram the water of the Dharla River was flowing above 10cm danger level, Teesta River flowing above 22cm danger level and Brahmaputra was flowing above 33cm danger level. Apart from deterioration of flood situation in the locality, 30 meters of flood control embankment at Bangturghat area has collapsed due to high tide, inundating a vast tract of land of Kurigram Sadar upzila. Mizanur Rahman, a resident of Bangtughat, said a portion of flood control embankment collapsed yesterday morning flooding many houses and croplands of the locality. Later, staff of the Water Development Board with the help of local residents managed to check the water intrusion into the area. Md Aiub Ali, chairman of Jatrapur union parishad, about 50 houses have been eroded by the Dharla River over a week. He alleged that he had requested the WDB to take step in this regard, but they did not pay heed to the request. “The WDB should take immediate measures to safe the locality from erosion,” he added. Sectional Officer of WDB Md Alamgir said they had already requested the higher authorities to allocate Tk2 crore to check flood. Sadar Upzila Nirbahi Officer M Aminul Islam said upazila administration had already taken necessary measures to face the overall flood situation. The upazila administration is distributing 20-kg rice for each flood victim family, he claimed. Deputy Commissioner Khan Mohammad Nurul Amin, he said: “We do not have anything to do. You should contact with the Water Development Board and minister concerned.”