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Flood situation worsens in Kurigram, over 300 schools closed

  • Published at 02:12 pm July 15th, 2019
File photo: Schooling activities suspended due to flood waters in Kurigram Dhaka Tribune

The water level is likely to rise even further in the next two days

More than two hundred thousand people have been marooned, as the flood situation deteriorates in Kurigram due to the continuous swelling of rivers and heavy rainfall.

Moreover, schooling activities in 384 educational institutions in nine upazilas of the district have been suspended as flood waters rise every day, said sources of the Education Office concerned.

This flood affected school shelters cattle after heavy rainfall in Kurigram |Dhaka Tribune  

According to the district's Water Development Board sources, on Monday morning, waters of the Dharla river were flowing 105cm above the danger level at its bridge point, while waters of the Brahmaputra river are flowing 98cm above the danger level at Chilmari point. 

Expressing concern, Md Ariful Islam, executive engineer of the Water Development Board, said the flood situation might deteriorate further, as the water level is likely to rise in the next two days.     

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Kurigram District Primary Education Officer Md Shahidul Islam said: "A total of 107 primary schools in Chilmari and Ulipur upazilas have become inaccessible for teaching.” 

"Moreover, teaching activities have also been suspended at 35 schools in sadar upazila, 11 in Bhurungamari upazila, 34 in Nageshwari upazila, eight in Phulbari upazila, six in Rajarhat upazila, 38 in Rowmari upazila and 36 in Char Rajibpur upazila," he said. 

Additionally, flood water damaged seven primary schools, while two schools have been destroyed completely in the river erosion, he added.  

However, the schools will be reopened as soon as the flood water drops, and extra classes will be held to recompense the losses students are facing now, the education official added.

Heavy rainfall during the last few days has worsened the flood situation in Jamalpur, Sylhet, Gaibandha, Nilphamai, Bogra and many other districts of the country, causing several thousand people to be stranded.