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One million marooned by flood in northern dists

  • Published at 12:58 am July 14th, 2017
  • Last updated at 12:58 am July 14th, 2017
One million marooned by flood in northern dists
About one million people have been marooned by the monsoon flood that is sweeping over several northern districts over the last few days. The water-stagnation has already created severe crisis of drinking water and food while the administration has shut down a good number of education institutions in those areas. At least five people, including three children, have also reportedly been drowned in the floodwater over the last two days. Gaibandha About 215,000 people in 29 unions under Gaibandha Sadar, Sundarganj, Phulchhari and Saghata upazilas are now facing severe crisis of drinking water and food. About 4,000 people have taken shelter in 24 shelter centres in those four upazilas while 132 education institutions have been shut down. The relief goods that have so far been distributed in those areas are no match to the extent of the crisis. Gaibandha District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Idris Ali said 325 tonnes of rice and Tk18 lakh cash have so far been allocated for the flood affected areas. Anwar Hossain, chairman of Udikhali Union Parishad (UP) under Phuchhari upazila told the Dhaka Tribune that the relief goods he had received for the area was not adequate. Mosharraf Hossain Sweet, chairman of Saghata UP under Saghata upazila, said he had received the relief rice for only 150 heads, although about 7,000 people were facing the food crisis in the area. In Gaibandha Sadar upazila, seven-year-old Swapna Khatun drowned in the floodwater at Kamarjani village under Sadar upazila on Wednesday. Six-year-old Pinha Khatun of Kabilpur village and four-year-old Minhaz Miah of Char Ratanpur village under Phulchhari upazila drowned in the floodwater in the afternoon on Thursday. The overall flood situation continued to worsen as the Brahmaputra and Ghaghat rivers were flowing above the danger-lines at major points. Jamalpur  The Jamuna was flowing about 84cm above the danger-line at Bahadurabad point on Thursday. More than 200,000 people have been marooned in seven upazilas of the district while at total of 221 education institutions shut down. Jamalpur Additional Deputy Commissioner Russel Sabrin said they had already distributed 130 tonnes of rice, 3,300 packets of dry foods and Tk2.5 lakh cash among the flood affected people. Kurigram Flood situation has worsened in Kurigram as about 50 more villages have freshly been inundated after the strong current of the Brahmaputra river breached open the river protection embankments at Kanchkol in Chilmari upazila and Kattimari Bazar in Roumari upazila on Thursday. More than 200,000 people remain marooned in seven flood-hit upazilas of the district. Education activities in more than 150 education institutions have come to a halt due to the flooding. Laily Begum, 28, from Shakhahati village under Chilmari upazila, and Hamidul Haque, 17, from Halokhana village under Sadar upazila, drowned in the floodwater Wednesday. The Brahmaputra was flowing about 37cm above the danger-line at Chilmari point. Moulvibazar The flash flood caused by onrush of water from the upstream areas have flooded huge areas under five upazilas of the district. At total of 120 schools have been shut down by the authorities in those upazilas, said Moulvibazar Primary Education Officer Md Abdul Alim. Sources at the district administration said 310,080 people in 350 villages have so far been affected by the flood. Flood is sweeping over five upazilas of the district since June 26.