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1 million people marooned in Kurigram flood

  • Published at 04:43 pm July 25th, 2019
File photo: Schooling activities suspended due to flood waters in Kurigram Dhaka Tribune

Dharla and Brahmaputra rivers flowing above the danger level

Nearly a million people have remained stranded, facing acute shortage of food, drinking water and fodder as the flood situation worsened in Kurigram

Heavy downpour in the upstream regions adjacent to Bangladesh and in the district pushed up the water level of Brahmaputra and Dharla rivers on Thursday.

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Dharla was flowing 73cm above the danger level at Bridge Point. On the other hand, Brahmaputra was 36cm above the danger level at Chilmari point in the morning.

The rivers burst their banks and submerged the low-lying areas of 50 villages. 

The road from Bangtur Ghat to Phulbari Dam is at the risk of erosion while a 50ft stretch of Nagrakura dam in Ulipur upazila caved in.

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Officials of the Water Development Board, and the upazila administration said steps will be taken to repair the dam immediately.

During this two-week flood, 958,327 people in nine upazilas of the district remained stranded and an estimated 20,000 hectares of cropland are feared to have been damaged.

Many flood victims from the remote regions complained that they are yet to receive any relief material.