• Wednesday, Sep 30, 2020
  • Last Update : 11:15 am

Fresh flash floods leave thousands marooned again

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File photo: Houses sub-merged in flood water in Munshiganj on Monday, July 27, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Relief materials are adequate, according to the district administration authorities, and yet the fresh disaster is overwhelming them as well as the poor waterlogged families of the districts

Although the flood situation has improved in the Brahmaputra basin, the districts adjacent to the capital have seen another spell of flash floods that has left thousands of people marooned since Wednesday night.

Relief materials are adequate, according to the district administration authorities, and yet the fresh disaster is overwhelming them as well as the poor waterlogged families of the districts.

In Munshiganj, another spell of erosion by the Padma started in the Lohajang Shimulia Ferry Ghat area on Wednesday night, causing the Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation Shimulia Ferry Ghat-4 to go under water.

Shafayet , a manager at Shimulia Ghat BIWTC, said that the erosion began at about 11:00pm and in the meantime, the ferry ghat along with the express road and a few roads along the ferry ghat went under water.

Meanwhile, the BWDB authorities have predicted a second spell of floods that might strike the district again next week, taking a destructive turn. The water levels of the Padma and Dhaleshwari have risen above the danger mark while in the other rivers the water level is fluctuating.

At Maowa point, the Padma river is swelling 6.52 cm above the danger mark and Dhaleshwari is flowing 5.20cm above the danger mark, said Rakibul Islam, associate engineer of BWDB.

“About 2,00,000 people in 319 villages are still marooned and even if the flood situation improves, erosion will devastate the district anyway,” said the officer.

In Tangail, although the overall flood situation has improved, five major rivers crossing the district are still flowing above the danger mark, leaving 94,00,000 people in 11 upazilas. waterlogged.

The water levels of the Dhaleshwari, Jamuna and Jhinai Bangshai rivers have declined, but the people are still suffering due to the damaged infrastructure of the area, confirmed Sirajul Islam, executive engineer of BWDB.

In Noakhali, a sudden high tide that entered the area through damaged embankments has left at least 10,000 people waterlogged in 15 villages.

About 40 tonnes of relief have been distributed to the villagers, said UNO Rezaul Karim.

In Gopalganj, at least 3,000 people in 30 villages and 500 infrastructure have been marooned as a second spell of floods has struck the district, confirmed BWDB Executive Engineer Bishwajit Baidya.

In Bhola, high tides since Wednesday night have left 20,000 people of Sadar, Tajmuddin, Char Fashion and Monpura waterlogged.

The water level of the Meghna river is flowing 8cm above the danger mark with consistent stormy weather, Abdur Rahman, associate engineer of BWDB.

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