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Flood water recedes in Moulvibazar

  • Published at 03:17 pm June 18th, 2018

The water levels of Dholai river in Kamalganj upazila and Monu river in Kulaura upazila started to decrease since the early hours of Sunday

The flood in Moulvibazar has decreased in the last 48 hours as India did not experience rainfall in the upstream.

The water levels of Dholai river in Kamalganj upazila and Monu river in Kulaura upazila started to decrease in early hours of Sunday, confirmed Ranendra Sankar Chakrabarty, executive engineer of the Water Development Board in Moulvibazar. 

The flood started to recede from different roads, and the areas of surrounding houses since Monday morning.

The army began rescue operations for helping people trapped in the flood in Patanusha and Sharifpur unions from Saturday. Road Transport and Highways Division took special measures to ease the commute of people in Sharifpur.

On Sunday, flood waters in Shamshernagar-Kamalganj and Shamshernagar-Moulvibazar roads receded, restoring normal traffic. However, the road near Shamshernagar airport area is still under 3 feet of water, barring direct commuting on the Shamshernagar-Kulaura road. 

Flood waters have also receded in the villages in Shatijhirgaon, Morajanerpar, Radhanagar, Munshibazar and Banbishnupur unions.  

"The waters of Monu river have started to decrease," said Ranendra. "Previously on Sunday morning, the waters of Monu river rose 154cm, above the danger level near Chadnighat area, while now it is 95cm above the danger level."

District Commissioner of Moulvibazar Md Tofael Islam said since June 13, floodwaters in Monu and Dholai river have wrecked parts of the dam in 25 places. 5,390 people have been rescued and kept in 50 shelters opened in the flood affected districts. Six shelters were opened in Moulvibazar Sadar, while a few others were opened privately.

Various aid facilities have been allocated for the afflicted people, including Tk9 lakhs, 743 metric tons of rice, and 3,000 packets of dry foods. Additional 1,037 metric tons of rice and Tk10 lakhs have been allocated as well.

74 medical teams under the civil surgeon are working in the flood affected areas. Four army teams are using 18 speedboats to complete rescue operations.

Meanwhile, Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya reached Moulvibazar on Monday to inspect the flooded areas and provide aid to the afflicted people. At around 10am, he conducted a views exchange meeting with the Disaster Management committee in the Circuit House.