• Friday, Jul 10, 2020
  • Last Update : 03:41 pm

People marooned, continue to suffer in flood-affected districts

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File photo: Houses in Kurigram submerged in the flood water on Monday, June 29, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Situation in Kurigram remains unchanged and deteriorates in Tangail and Jamalpur while Sunamganj sees some improvement

The flood situation in Kurigram has remained unchanged while it deteriorated in Tangail and Jamalpur with an increase in water level in some places, and the condition improved slightly in Sunamganj.

In Kurigram, the flood situation remained unchanged due to the rise of water levels in Brahmaputra, Dharla, and Dudkumar rivers for the last six days.

Ariful Islam, executive engineer of Kurigram Water Development Board, said the water level in Dharala River at Kurigram Bridge point is flowing 43cm above the danger level while Brahmaputra River at Chilmari point is flowing 64cm above the red level and 53cm above the danger level at Nunkhawa point, reports UNB.

People in the flood-affected areas said they have been suffering a lot due to the shortage of dry food, pure drinking water, and relief materials as they did not get any relief from the government.

District Civil Surgeon Dr Habibur Rahman said three children drowned in the floodwater in the last three days till Tuesday.

They are Mostakim, a 14-month-old boy of Saiful Islam of Ulipur upazila, Belal Hossain, 8, son of Amir Hossain of Nageshwari upazila, and Shanta Islam, 7, son of Zahed Islam of Chilmari upazila of the district.

ABM Abul Hossain, Chairman of Hatiya union, said the floodwater entered the union, forcing 700 people to take shelter on the roads.

Dilip Kumar Saha, District Relief and Rehabilitation officer, said some 357 villages under 55 unions out of 77 unions have been flooded while 29.5km of the embankment was damaged due to flood.

Some 3,922 hectares of land have gone underwater, he said.

So far, 302MT rice and Tk36.50 lakh have been allocated for the people in nine upazilas of the district, he added.

In Tangail, all three rivers—Jamuna, Jhenai, and Dhaleshwari are flowing over the danger line, worsening the overall flood situation in the district, Executive Engineer of Water Development Board (WDB) Sirajul Islam told Dhaka Tribune.

According to the District Relief and Rehabilitation office, due to the rise in the water level around 23,000 people have become marooned with 60 villages completely flooded. 

Also a 2.5km of dam on the Jamuna River bank has collapsed and the flood has damaged 4,340 hectares of cropland in the region, according to the District Agriculture office.

“We are working to prevent river erosion in important places among the affected areas,” Sirajul said.

In Jamalpur, water-level in the Jamuna River is currently flowing 84cm above the danger level and more than 300,000 people in the district are stuck due to water-logging.

The floodwater has entered into 42 unions under seven upazilas of the district. Road connectivity in many of the flooded areas has become disconnected due to the rise in the water level.

The District administration has distributed 60MT rice and Tk5 lakh cash to residents of the flooded areas who are passing a difficult time due to shortage of drinking water and food.

WDB Executive Engineer Md Abu Sayeed said the water-level of Brahmaputra River is flowing 15.68cm above the danger-level.

In Sunamganj, the overall flood condition has improved a little. The water from the highland areas has started decreasing while the haors and low lying lands are still underwater.

Boats were seen sailing on the low-lying lands of the region.

Till now, 121,354 families in the district have been affected because of the flood. More than 3,000 hectares of croplands have been damaged due to flooding.

Dry foods including rice, flat rice, puffed rice, saline, candles, matchsticks, and essential items were distributed among the flood-affected people by the administration, Sunamganj Deputy Commissioner Md Abdul Ahad said.

WDB Executive Md Sabbirur Rahman said the water level of Surma River is flowing 9cm above the danger level.

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