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Floods persist in lowland districts

  • Published at 12:19 am July 18th, 2019
Trimohoni-Badiakhali rail route-Dhaka Tribune
A portion of Trimohoni-Badiakhali rail route in Lalmonirhat has gone underwater, disconnecting the communication Dhaka Tribune

In Gopalganj, continuous damage to the Lebutola-Dumuria road in Tungipara upazila due to the recent floods has affected the surrounding 1.5km area

The flooding in a number of districts across the country has worsened in recent days. Rising waters have cut off road communications and stranded hundreds of thousands of people. It has also led to a shortage of food and drinking water, and is causing water-borne diseases.

In Gopalganj, continuous damage to the Lebutola-Dumuria road in Tungipara upazila due to the recent floods has affected the surrounding 1.5km area. Locals are using sandbags as a temporary measure to keep the road functioning.

In Tangail, major rivers are on the rise. The Jamuna, Dhaleshwari, and Jhinai Rivers are flowing 68cm, 89cm, and 45cm above danger levels. At least 105 villages, and 1912 hectares of cultivable land have been flooded, and 67 schools were closed. 

In Sunamganj, absence of heavy rainfall on Wednesday contributed to a fall in the Surma River water levels. However, it continues to flow 59cm above the danger level. In the last 24 hours, 24mm of rainfall was recorded in the district.

In Kurigram, the flood situation worsened in various parts of the district on Wednesday as the Brahmaputra and Dharla Rivers continued to flow more than a metre above the danger level.

At least 10 deaths have been reported from the district in the last three days with the rising waters leaving nearly 4,00,000 people marooned.

The Brahmmaputra River is currently 131cm above the danger level at Chilmari Point. Meanwhile, the Dharla is 116cm above the danger level at the Bridge point, intensifying the woes of district residents.

The floods have also led to a shortage of drinking water, food, and fodder. Many are also suffering from water-borne diseases.

Hafizur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Kurigram district, said the administration has made fresh allocations of three metric tons of rice and Tk 2 lakh for flood victims.

In Gaibandha, The Shantahar-Lalmonirhat rail route was disrupted due to the floods. Rail communication between Rangpur, Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat and Dhaka, Sylhet, Chittagong, and Rajshahi was severed. Around 4 lakh people still remain marooned.

In Moulvibazar, incessant rainfall, landslides, and water from upstream have kept the flood situation unchanged for the past five days. The daily life of people in the affected areas has been severely affected.

In Naogaon, the Atrai and Choto Jamuna River are above the danger level in Manda upazila. A number of villages in Bishnopur union have been flooded, waterlogging about 400 families.

In Sirajganj, the recent floods washed away the newly constructed ring dam in Kazipur upazila’s Meghai village. The Jamuna River is 42.8cm above the danger level.

Rangamati’s flood situation improves

Sixteen spillways of the Kaptai dam were opened on Tuesday night to reduce the pressure of water on the lake.

ATM Abjjur Zaher, manager of Kaptai Hydroelectric Power Plant, said the spillways and four turbines were releasing 33,000 cusec of (cubic feet per second) water to the Karnaphuli River, reports UNB.

The spillways are now releasing 9,000 cusec of water. Currently, 167 megawatts of electricity are being produced, he said.

Kaptai dam's capacity is 109 SML but the authorities concerned decided to release water since it reached 106 SML, Zaher said.

The current water level in the lake is 14 feet above normal levels, he said.

Incessant rain and a lot of water from upstream have pushed up the lake's water level, inundating low-lying areas of four upazilas in the district.

Water from the flood-affected areas has started receding after the spillways were opened.

Our correspondents Manoj Kumar Saha, Gopalganj; Taiyeb Ali Sarker, Nilphamari; Ariful Islam, Kurigram; Tazul Islam; Gaibandha; Moazzem Hossain, Lalmonirhat; Saiful Islam, Moulvibazar; Khondaker Md. Abdur Rouf, Naogaon; Aminul Islam Khan, Sirajganj; Himadri Shaker Bhodra, Sunamganj; and Abdullah Al Numan, Tangail, contributed to this report

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