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Over 400,000 people marooned in Tangail and Madaripur

  • Published at 12:52 am July 23rd, 2019
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Chars of Madaripur where flood waters remain stagnant Dhaka Tribune

Villagers are moving their homes, taking shelter in government-provided facilities or higher ground above the water level

The overall flood situation has steadily deteriorated in the country. Hundreds of villages in Tangail and Madaripur are still underwater.

 In Tangail, at least 400,000 people are marooned so far in 401 villages of nine upazilas in the district. Three of its major rivers are still on the rise.

On Monday, water receded in most areas, but the Jamuna, Dhaleshwari, and Jhinai Rivers were still 54cm, 132cm, and 57cm respectively above the danger mark, and at least a thousand families have lost their homes.

Minister of Disaster Management and Relief, Dr Enamur Rahman, and Deputy Minister for Water Resources, AKM Enamul Hoque, distributed relief to flood victims of Kalihati upazila in the district.

According to the District Relief and Rehabilitation office, of the marooned 400,000 people, at least 100,000 are still water-bound, a thousand people lost their homes, and hundreds of people moved into 16 flood shelters. 139 educational institutions, 130km of roads, and 5 bridges and embankments are underwater.

420 metric tons of rice, Tk15 lakh in economic help, and 2000 packets of dry food were distributed to flood victims in Gopalpur, Bhuapur, Kalihati, Nagorpur, Sadar, Mirzapur, Ghatail, Basail, and Dhanbari upazila.

According to the Tangail Department of Agriculture, 33,000 acres of croplands are damaged by the floods.


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District administration and the Bangladesh Army are working to help and support people in the flood zone.

In Madaripur, the Padma River rose and flooded at least three unions rendering a thousand villagers homeless. Almost 55 households, roads, schools and local institutions are under water.

And in other parts of the district, almost 300 acres of cropland, all of Bandarkhola union parishad, numerous community health complexes, family planning centres, and 80 local shops in three unions are at risk of sinking in the eroding river.

According to the District Administration office, the river rose alarmingly causing river banks to erode in Bandarkhola, Charjanat, and Kathalbari union. In one part of the district, people are marooned in standing floodwaters.  Elsewhere, close to rivers, people are at constant risk of sinking into the river with the eroding banks crumbling.

Villagers are moving their homes, taking shelter in government-provided facilities or higher ground above the water level. Domestic animals are being washed away, schools are closed, and hospitals are underwater.

Harun Hawladar of Bandarkhola Union, said: “We are living under the open sky. With no help from the authorities, we are in extreme hunger and uncertainty.”

Visiting the flood-affected areas, Chairman of Shibchar upazila, Samsuddin Khan, said: “Floods and erosion are a yearly affair in this region. But it hit harder this year and most places are still underwater. We distributed relief to the victims and we are trying to restore the area with the utmost sincerity.”

 Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Asadujjaman Khan confirmed the Chairman’s words and said a sufficient number of relief and rehabilitation programs are being launched to help the victims.


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In Gaibandha, Thousands of flood victims in Balasi Ghat of the district, took refuge in polythene makeshift shelters since the government has so far been unable to provide better flood shelters.

 Locals said they did not receive any relief from the government or Non Profit Organizations (NGOs) and the allotted shelters are not sufficient to meet local needs.

Gaibandha Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Md Alamgir Kabir said: “The Upazila Union Parishad is providing relief to the victims on our behalf. The relief is being provided as we come to know where the need is. 

In Gaibandha, Thousands of flood victims in Balasi Ghat of the district, took refuge in polythene makeshift shelters since the government has so far been unable to provide better flood shelters.

 Locals said they did not receive any relief from the government or Non Profit Organizations (NGOs) and the allotted shelters are not sufficient to meet local needs.

Gaibandha Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Md Alamgir Kabir said: “The Upazila Union Parishad is providing relief to the victims on our behalf. The relief is being provided as we come to know where the need is.