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4th-time flood, Thakurgaon records worst rain in a decade

  • Published at 07:15 pm September 27th, 2020
THakurgaon flood
People of Thakurgaon took shelter at the nearest schools as their homesteads went under knee-deep water on Sunday September 27,2020 Dhaka Tribune

At least 20,000 people have been marooned and hundreds of government offices, hospitals, homesteads, croplands went underwater as the flood caused by the persistent rain engulfed Nilphamari

Public lives have been paralysed in the last three days in Thakurgaon due to the incessant rain and the fourth phase flood that hit the district in the last couple of months.

Agriculturist Aftab Ahmed, deputy director of Kurigram Department of Agricultural Extension confirmed that the district has experienced 145 mm rainfall which highest in last 10 years.

He said the district may face huge agricultural losses due to the flood.

Many areas have been inundated while many mud houses have been collapsed leaving thousands of people of 2,000 families marooned with immense sufferings.

Underprivileged people are facing double the sufferings as they have remained unemployed amid the Covid-19 pandemic and now the flood.

Farmers will have to incur huge losses as their winter crops have been damaged, said Agriculturist Aftab Ahmed, deputy director of Kurigram DAE.

20,000 people marooned in Nilphamari

At least 20,000 people have been marooned and hundreds of government offices, hospitals, homesteads, croplands went underwater as the flood caused by the persistent rain engulfed the district.

Babul Hossain, a resident of Hatikhana area, said: “I along with my family  took shelter at the nearest primary school building as the flood inundated my house in waist-deep water.”

Syedpur MET office said they have recorded 202 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours which is highest in the last one year.

At least 3,000 hectares of cropland among 8,210 hectares of total cropland has been inundated, said Shahina Begum, an agricultural officer of DAE local zone.

Meanwhile, the water level of Kharkharia river has been flowing 6cm above the danger level, setting a record of being the highest in last one year damaging the Syedpur embankment, added the officer.

We installed 100 geo bags to different parts of the district, said UNO Nasim Ahmed.

We will be able to confirm the damages after a few more days, added the UNO.

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