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Villages flooded as dam collapses in Khulna

  • Published at 02:44 pm August 8th, 2020
Locals repair the embankment that suddenly collpased flooding three villages of Deluti union in Paikgasa upazila in Khulna on Saturday, August 8, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

A vast tract of cropland, many fish enclosures were washed away and the floodwater also marooned around 500-600 families in the villages

Three villages of Deluti union in Paikgasa upazila in Khulna have been flooded following the breakdown of a dam in a reservoir (Jal Mahal) due to tidal surge.

Vast areas of Gewabunia, Paramdhukhali and Chakribakri in the upazila were flooded following the collapse of the dam, said local Union Parishad (UP) Chairman Ripon Kumar Mandal.

A vast tract of cropland and Aman seedbed went underwater causing worry to farmers. Besides, many fish enclosures were washed away and the floodwater also marooned around 500-600 families in the villages.

The lessee of the Jal Mahal has evacuated the area after the collapse of the dam.

Although the dam was initially repaired under the leadership of the local UP chairman, the locals are still worried.

UP Chairman Ripon said that the dam has been repaired following the advice of local MP Alhaj Md Akhtaruzzaman Babu and as per the instruction of Upazila Nirbahi Officer ABM Khalid Hossain Siddiqui.

However, it is still not safe, said the UP chairman.

Also Read - Flood situation unchanged in Gopalganj

Locals, including the UP chairman, have urged the concerned authorities to construct a durable embankment within a short time.

If a sustainable dam is not built, the villages will be flooded again following the breakdown of the dam, they said. 

3200 families of 32 villages remain marooned in Gopalganj

As many as 3,200 families in 32 villages have been marooned as two more villages were flooded on Saturday, during the swelling of Madhumati and Kumar rivers in Gopalganj.

Madhumati Beel Route Canal has been flowing along the danger line, while the Madhumati has been flowing 37cm below the danger mark, said Bangladesh Water Development Board Executive Engineer Bishwajit Baidya.

Gopalganj Deputy Commissioner Shahida Sultana said the flood situation is being monitored in the district and relief goods are being sent to those affected by the flood. 

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