• Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020
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Tangail devastated in the aftermath of floods

  • Published at 04:34 pm August 7th, 2020
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Photo: DHAKA TRIBUNE

16 drowning deaths, over 600,000 people affected, 50,000 still marooned, over 18,000 hectares of standing crops damaged, schools, temples, mosques, and roads completely or partially damaged

Major rivers in Tangail are steadily going down and the overall flood situation is gradually improving in the district. 

According to the district water development board, the Dhaleshwari was flowing at 105cm, the Bangshai at 75cm, the Jhenai at 16cm, and the Fatikjani at 7cm above their danger levels on Friday. Meanwhile, the Jamuna was 3cm below the danger level.

But although the floodwaters are gradually receding, the misery of people in the flood zone of the district continues. 

This year’s flash floods in two phases wreaked havoc in 11 out of 12 upazilas in the district.

Numerous homes, large tracts of croplands and other infrastructure, especially in the lowlands and char areas, were engulfed by the floodwaters. 

According to the district relief and rehabilitation office, at least 849 villages in 95 unions were flooded in these 11 upazilas—Sadar, Nagarpur, Delduar, Bhuapur, Kalihati, Dhanbari, Gopalpur, Basail, Mirzapur, Sakhipur and Ghatail—affecting 804 sq km of the landmass. Six municipalities were also partially flooded. 

The floods this year affected over 600,000 people in the district, with 50,000 people still marooned. To make things worse, waterborne diseases have surfaced in several places as the floodwaters recede.

790 homes were completely washed away by rivers and 35,989 houses were partially damaged. In addition, two schools were completely devoured by rivers, while around 319 schools were partially damaged. Around 230 temples and mosques were partially damaged due to the erosion of river banks. 

Sources said unpaved roads stretching across 13km were completely damaged, with partial damage across 795km. A 1km stretch of paved roadway was totally destroyed, with partial damage to 186km of paved roads. 

26 bridges were completely damaged and 178 bridges were partially damaged. 1.8km of embankments were completely destroyed and there was partial damage across 13km. Some 9435 tube wells were also damaged. 

There are 386 people currently taking shelter in nine shelter centres and a 113 medical teams have been formed.

According to local sources, 16 people, including children, drowned in the floodwaters in different parts of the district.

According to the district agriculture department, 18,126 hectares of standing crops, including Aman paddy, Aman seedbeds, Aus paddy, vegetable, lemon, and sugarcane fields were washed away in two phases.

Sirajul Islam, executive engineer of Tangail Water Development Board, told Dhaka Tribune the water level of the major rivers was going down and the overall flood situation in the district is improving. However, the district will begin to see more river erosion at this time.

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