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Gaibandha hit the worst by floods

  • Published at 12:07 am July 19th, 2019
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Gaibandha town inundated after water breached the town embankment on Thursday, July 19, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The floods worsened in Gaibandha, Kurigram, Jamalpur, Bogra, Sirajganj and Tangail on Thursday

People of Gaibandha are witnessing the worst of floods in recent times and they continue to suffer shortages of food and drinking water. 

The floods worsened in Gaibandha, Kurigram, Jamalpur, Bogra, Sirajganj and Tangail yesterday, while the situation has improved somewhat in Lalmonirhat, Netrokona, Sunamganj, Sylhet, Habiganj, and Moulvibazar.  

In Gaibandha, fresh areas of five upazilas flooded yesterday, following the collapse of an embankment dam near the district town.  The district town was inundated when gushing water breached  city embankments in 20 places.

The Brahmaputra River was 150cm above the danger level, and the Ghaghot River rose 94cm above the danger level, said Mokhlesur Rahman, Water Development Board executive engineer.

About 4 lakh people still remain waterlogged in the district. The district's rail links to the north, remained suspended for the second consecutive day. At least 94km of the Gaibandha-Balashi road were flooded. 

At least 361 schools across the district shut down and eight went under water. Some of them are being used as shelters but they lack food, drinking water, and sanitation facilities.

The flood claimed the lives of two people including a child. The deceased were identified as Shohag, 5, of Sadar upazila, and Anwarul Islam, 32, of Sundarganj upazila.

In Bogra three upazilas were flooded, affecting almost 47 villages and more than 14,000 homes in Sariakandi and Sonatola upazilas. 240 houses were damaged partially or completely in Sariakandi, Sonatola and Dhunot upazilas. The Jamuna River is currently 127cm above the danger level.

In Jamalpur, the Jamuna River is currently at a recording breaking 166cm above the danger level. With the embankment dam collapse in Madarganj upazila, at least 15 villages flooded. So far, the floods in Jamalpur have claimed the lives of four children. 1,590 homes were damaged partially, and 475 were destroyed completely in 47 unions of 7 upazilas, waterlogging close to 56,900 people.

In Kurigram, 4,536 people have been affected, of whom, 3,840 people have taken shelter at 409 storm shelters. A total of 899 hectares of agricultural lands have been flooded. 

In Tangail, with the Jamuna River rising 91cm above the danger point, 10 new villages were flooded, when an embankment dam collapsed in Bhuapur upazila yesterday.

In Sirajganj, when the newly constructed ring dam collapsed two days ago, the flooding worsened as the Jamuna River rose 91cm above the danger point.

In Madaripur, the Padma River rose significantly yesterday, flooding 50 houses in Shibchar upazila. At least eight schools, two upazila health complexes, and the union council building are at risk. 

Our correspondents Tazul Islam Reza, Gaibandha; Manjur Hossain, Madaripur; Aminul Islam Khan, Sirajganj; Abdullah Al Numan, Tangail; Nazmul Huda Nasim, Bogra; Ariful Islam, Kurigram; and Bishwajit Deb, Jamalpur, contributed to this report