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Floods worsen in five districts

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Dhaka-Pirojpur Highway in Bagerhat totally washed away on Tuesday evening as the erosion of the Madhumati River has taken a serious turn in Chitalmari upazila Dhaka Tribune

The officials of the Water Development Board (WDB) said the water level of the Brahmaputra was 7cm above its danger level

Flooding in Shariatpur, Gaibandha, Bagerhat, Jamalpur, and Tangail worsened on Tuesday causing immense suffering to thousands of people.

Shariatpur

Our correspondent reports that Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said the government has taken all measures for people who have been affected badly by the Padma River erosion in Naria upazila of Shariatpur recently.

The minister made the announcement when visiting Kedarpur, Mulfotganj, and the Bashkhali area on Tuesday morning.

The minister announced the allocation of 500 bundles of tin sheets, Tk1.5 crore in cash, and 4,000 packets of dry foods as relief.

Each family will also get 30 kg of rice per month by VGF card till December, the minister said.

The government has enough relief goods for the affected, he told the media.

MP Col Shawkat Ali (retd.), MP BM Mozammel Haque, AL leader Enamul Haque Shamim, Advocate Sultan Mahmud, UNO Sanjida Yasmin and Mayor Shadidul Islam Babu were present, among others, during the visit.

With the continuing erosion of the Padma River at different points, some 100 families have been rendered homeless in Naria upazila since Friday last.

Including the latest, some 6,000 families under three unions of the upazila have been rendered homeless due to the scourge of riverbank erosion in the last three months. Besides, several thousand acres of croplands have been devoured by the river as the erosion has taken a serious turn in the upazila.

A big portion of Naria Upazila Health Complex and a mosque adjacent to the hospital also washed away.

At least 12 hospital buildings are at risk of being washed away at any time, said locals.

In the last month, the river has devoured several multi-storey buildings, a mosque, 2,000 business centres, 300 shops, and other establishments located on the riverbank.

A 1.5km area, from Naria Banshtola to Purba Naria, was washed away by the river.

Locals are expecting some respite in the current spate of erosion of the Padma River in the upazila due to rising waters and slow currents, in the river, but they also feared that if the river water starts to recede then the erosion may take a serious turn again.

Jamalpur

Our correspondent reports that low lying areas of eight unions in Islampur and Dewanganj upazila of the district have been inundated by flood waters for the last 24 hours.

Flood situation in Jamalpur hampers daily life |Dhaka Tribune

Water Development Board (WDB) officials said though the Jamuna River water level dropped by 1 cm during the last 24 hours as of 12 noon on Tuesday, it was still 4 cm above the red mark at Bahadurabad ghat point.

Flood waters affected the five unions of Patharshi, Kulkandi, Belgachha, Chinaduli, and Noarpara in Islampur upazila, and the three unions of Bahadurabad, Chikajani, and Chukaibari in Dewanganj upazila, they said.

District administration allotted 10 tons of rice and 400 packets of dry foods for Islampur upazila and 5 tons of rice and 250 packets of dry foods for Dewanganj upazila for distribution to flood victims.

Bagerhat

Dhaka-Pirojpur Highway in Bagerhat totally washed away on Tuesday evening as the erosion of the Madhumati River has taken a serious turn in Chitalmari upazila.

Locals said thousands of acres of land, homesteads, and several business establishments and shops in the upazila have gone under.

Lal Mian, a trader of the upazila said, “We have already lost many business establishments and villages to the river and if the present situation continues, we will become paupers.”

Local people have demanded the authorities take immediate action.

Gaibandha

Overall flood situation in the char and river basin areas of the Brahmaputra and Teesta rivers in the district worsened further as the river rose more in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning, reports our correspondent.

The officials of the Water Development Board (WDB) said the water level of the Brahmaputra was 7cm above its danger level at Fulchharighat point in the district.

Water level rising of Brahmaputra floods five villages and crops of 350 hector agricultural land in Gaibandha |Dhaka Tribune

With the rising water levels of the Brahmaputra and the Teesta, the fresh char areas and the river basin in 26 unions of Sundarganj, Sadar Fulchhari, and Saghata upazila are submerged.

On Monday midnight, a large portion of an embankment near the Kalsi Railgate area washed away. Standing crops on 350 hectares of land went under in the Kanchipara, Kayarhat, Kholaihara, Mashamari and Uria areas.

WDB engineer, AKM Monayem Hossain, said they had already started to repair the embankment.

“It is difficult to do the work as there are rivers all around the embankments in char areas,” he added.

Tangail

The Jamuna River has devoured many areas in Tangail creating panic among locals, reports our correspondent.

Lands lost in Jamuna river due to serious erosion inTangail |Dhaka Tribune

Initially geo-sacks are being dumped to thwart erosion, said sources at the Water Development Board.

The erosion turned serious on Tuesday morning as the river started to rise.