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Thousands of villagers marooned in Tangail floodwaters

  • Published at 03:39 pm July 5th, 2020
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Flood situation in Tangail on Saturday, July 4, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

When the floodwaters recede, about 70% to 80% of the inundated crops will not be damaged, according to the district’s agriculture office

Floodwaters left locals stranded in at least 137 villages in 24 unions of Sadar, Nagarpur, Delduar, Bhuapur, Kalihati, and Gopalpur upazilas in Tangail.

The water level of the Jamuna, Jhinai, and Dhaleshwari rivers was flowing above the danger line by 23cm, 38cm, and 86cm respectively, on Sunday around 9am, according to sources from the district's Water Development Board (WDB).

Around 129,000 villagers are marooned in and 3,686 hectares of croplands have been remaining submerged in Tangail due to the flood.

District Water Development Board (WDB) Deputy Assistant Engineer Rezaul Karim said although water level decreased in Jamuna, Jhinai, and Dhaleshwari rivers compared to the last few days, the same could not be said for the other rivers in the district.

"The water level of the rivers may rise further in the days to come," Rezaul added.

According to district Relief and Rehabilitation office sources, 572 houses and a school have been washed away by the rivers and of 162sq/km of land in these six upazilas are flooded. Moreover, 1062 houses were rendered uninhabitable due to being partially submerged by the rivers until now.  

Tangail Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) Deputy Director Ahsanul Bashar said: “When the floodwaters recede, about 70% to 80% of the crops will not be damaged and the DAE is working in this regard.”

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