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Sylhet flood victims go hungry while Kurigram drowns

Update : 07 Jul 2017, 01:05 AM
Greater Sylhet at risk of further flooding The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) has issued a warning after the level of several rivers in the Sylhet Division were found to have risen above the danger level in 58 key locations. The Thursday afternoon warning was based on 58 river monitoring stations. Another 24 stations recorded water levels decreasing, reports BSS.2The Surma at Kanaighat upazila in Sylhet, the Kushiara at Zakiganj, Beani Bazar, Sherpur-Sylhet, the Kansha in Netrokona and the Matamuhuri in Cox’s Bazar are flowing above danger level 58cm, 64cm, 65cm, 13cm, 60cm and 43cm respectively.Sylhet flood victims go hungryVictims of the flood in Sylhet are still marooned. With floodwaters taking rather long to recede, people have begun to starve. Residents of Fenchuganj near Hakaluki Haor and other waterbodies are hard-pressed to feed themselves. The district administration says about 150,000 people have been affected by the flood. The civil surgeon’s office says 78 emergency medical teams are working around the clock to assist the locals.Southern Kurigram under waterAbout 50 villages in Chimari upazila in southern Kurigram have been submerged in a flood caused by several days of pouring rain. The Brahmaputra, Teesta and Dharala rivers have swelled up alarmingly. Forecasts for the Brahmaputra River predict its water level will rise past the danger level on Friday. In Rowmari, a 90-metre wide embankment has collapsed against the quickly expanding floodwater. Various UP chairmen of the affected areas expressed grave concerns about the residents of their localities.
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