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Chittagong hit hard by flood

  • Published at 01:26 am July 16th, 2019
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90% of Satkania upazila, 90% of Chandanaish upazila, 60% of Raozan upazila and 50% of Fatikchhari upazila have been inundated by floodwater 

The flood situation in Chittagong has taken a turn for the worse due to the recent incessant downpour and onrush water from the hills.

According to a report prepared by the Chittagong DC Office’s Disaster Management Wing, 90% of Satkania upazila, 90% of Chandanaish upazila, 60% of Raozan upazila and 50% of Fatikchhari upazila have been inundated by floodwater. Other upazilas of the district have also been submerged partially.

Floodwater has been flowing two feet above the highways in the Satkania and Chandanaish upazilas, snapping road communications in the areas.

As per the Water Development Board, water of the Sangu River has been flowing 90 centimeters above danger level at Dohazari point of Chittagong.

According to the local administration, 143 unions and 10 municipalities under 14 upazilas and four wards of Chittagong City Corporation have been marooned by floodwater.

The flood has affected a total of 4,52,325 people directly in the district. Besides, 672 households have been completely damaged and 9,085 partially damaged due to the torrential rains.

Chittagong Additional Deputy Commissioner (Revenue) Md Delwar Hossain told Dhaka Tribune that they have received 500 metric tons of rice and Tk13 lakh from the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief.

"We have already distributed 456 metric tons of rice and Tk 12.50 lakh among the affected people," said the ADC.

Apart from that, the local administration has also set up a control room with two hotlines: 031-611545 and 01700716691.

284 medical teams formed in Chittagong to combat disaster

The Civil Surgeon’s Office Chittagong has formed a total of 284 medical teams in the Chittagong district to combat any possible disasters that can be induced by heavy rains.

Apart from that, a round-the-clock control room has been set up from the civil surgeon office to seek any assistance. The phone number of the control room is 634843.

Chittagong Civil Surgeon Dr Azizur Rahman Siddique told Dhaka Tribune that the medical teams have been asked to remain on duty until further notice.

"Each upazila consists of five medical teams, while each union consists of one medical team," he said. 

"Each of these medical teams is comprised of three to five healthcare activists,” he added.

“The medical teams will provide emergency medical services. Additional workforce has been kept on standby at Chittagong civil surgeon office to face any emergency," Dr Azizur said.

Chittagong District Administration Assistant Commissioner Md Rajib Hossain told Dhaka Tribune that a total of eight shelters have been opened to avert any landslide-related casualty.