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Flood kills two in Chittagong, six upazilas inundated

  • Published at 01:20 pm June 13th, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:15 am June 14th, 2018
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Persistent rain in the last three days has caused flooding in different parts of Chittagong UNB

Severe flooding has been reported in Satkania, Hathazari, Chandonaish, Raozan, Rangunia and Fatikchhari upazilas

Continuous downpour in the last four days has flooded six upazilas in Chittagong causing immense suffering to the locals.

Two persons have been killed at Fatikchhari upazila in the flood. A woman in her mid-50s was washed away in the strong current while another was killed in a landslide triggered by the flood, reports BSS.

“District administration has given Tk20,000 to the each of the victim’s family,” the district’s Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC-General) Habibur Rahman told BSS.

He said half of the port city and district went under knee to waist deep water as heavy rains causing severe flood was reported in the Satkania, Hathazari, Chandonaish, Raozan, Rangunia and Fatikchhari upazilas.

At least four regional highways, including Bandarban-Satkania, Hathazari-Rangamati, Hathazari-Khagrachhari and Hathazari-Oxygen, were inundated, adding to the commuters’ woes.

People were seen wading through knee-deep water on the Chittagong-Rangamati and Bandarban-Satkania roads on Tuesday. Besides, traffic remained suspended on the roads due to the flood.

Fish enclosures, houses and business establishments were submerged by the rain water.

Patenga Met office recorded 21.8 millimetres of rainfall in the last 24 hours, ending at 3pm Tuesday.

A total 394 millimetres of rainfall was recorded in last four days disrupting civic life, port and businesses activities in the city.

Rivers, canals and drains in Chittagong were brimming with floodwaters caused by the torrential rainfall while the embankments of Halda and Shanko rivers in different points had collapsed, locals said. 

People in Hathazari are suffering immensely after heavy rain and flash flood submerged their localities, homes and roads. Photo taken in the upazila's Gumanmardan area on June 13, 2018 | Focus Bangla

Inhabitants of the low-lying areas have been asked to take shelter in local educational institutions, said district administration officials.

ADC Habibur said respective local administrations had opened a total of 85 shelter centres in the district to help shelter the affected and a control room would be in operation 24 hours to assist the flood victims.

Meanwhile, the leave of all employees and staff of the local administrations in the affected areas were cancelled.  All of them were asked to stay put in their work place, he said.

Khurshid Alam, an officer of the Water Development Board in Hathazari upazila, said the water levels of Halda and Karnaphuli rivers rose 5.40 centimetres and  2.1 centimetres above the danger level  respectively.

The Met Office has also forecast moderate to heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours in the Chittagong region.

Landslide in Palongkhali Rohingya camp

Meanwhile, the continuous rain in the past five days, and a landslide on Tuesday morning damaged two shelters and left four Rohingya people, including a child, critically injured at Palongkhali’s Shafiullah Ghata refugee camp in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar.

They were admitted to the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in the camp, reports our correspondent Tarek Mahmud.

The injured were identified as Mariam Khatun, 45, Samuda Khatun, 35, Rokeya, 25, and her three-year-old daughter Umme Habiba, all residents of the camp’s D-2 block whose shelters were at the base of a hill.

The landslide from the hill around 11am had buried the shelters. Bangladesh Army, Fire Service and Civil Defence and workers of different NGOs had worked together to rescue the victims.

The block’s Rohingya leader Nurul Kabir said such incidents would continue if the rain does not stop.