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Chittagong floods: Second death reported as several upazilas still struggle

  • Some roads under 3-4 feet of water
  • Several low-lying regions flooded
Update : 08 Aug 2023, 11:00 PM

Even though most of the low-lying areas of the premier port city got rid of knee- to waist-deep water caused by intense downpours for the past couple of days, several upazilas of the district are still grappling with flash floods.

In Lohagara upazila, a 22-year-old university student drowned in the flood. The deceased, Junaid Islam Zarif, was a second-year student of computer engineering at BGC Trust University. Another person who drowned in the same upazila is still missing.

Zarif is one of two known cases of drowning in Chittagong, the other being the death of a female college student in Hathazari upazila on Monday.

The situation in Satkania, Chandanaish and Lohagara upazilas kept worsening since Saturday, with similar flooding reported in parts of Sitakunda and Mirsarai upazilas.

In the port city, several areas, including Halishahar, Saltgola Crossing, Agrabad, Bakalia, Chaktai and Bahaddarhat, are still submerged.

Despite no problems being reported on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, stretching from Mirsarai to the City Gate area, the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar Highway in many areas of Satkania and Chandanaish upazilas remained underwater as of Tuesday evening.   

This caused a grinding halt to traffic in the affected areas on the highway leading to the tourist city.

The rains caused the water level of the Sangu River to surge significantly, putting the highway underwater by up to four feet in the Keranirhat and Dohazari areas of Satkania upazila and in parts of Chandanaish upazila in the district.

Hashimpur Union Parishad Chairman Khurshed Bin Ishaq said the Sangu River's water level has risen alarmingly due to the onrush of hilly waters in the vicinity.

Satkania police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Yasin Arafat said: “The highway in Satkania has been submerged under several feet of water due to heavy rains…the people in the entire area are practically waterlogged.”

Satkania Upazila Nirbahi Officer Miltan Biswas said: "There is waist-deep water in front of my office. Besides, Keranihat is also flooded. Since yesterday (Monday), there has been no electricity, and the mobile network is also down. Road communication is snapped, making it difficult to assess the situation. I have suggested acquiring an engine-driven boat to facilitate coordination and movement."

As of Monday night, approximately 1,500 families have sought shelter, but due to communication failure, the UNO could not determine the exact number of people in shelters.

The UNO said: "We are unable to obtain the latest statistics. However, around seven people have sought shelter in the upazila parishad, and schools are also serving as shelters.”

In addition to Satkania, the flood situation in the neighbouring upazilas of Chandanaish and Lohagara has also worsened.

Chandanaish police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Anwar Hossain said: "The highway is impassable for small and medium vehicles. Water levels are high in the Pathani Pool area, and some vehicles have been damaged. The low-lying regions in the area are flooded."

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Army has deployed its members in the affected areas of Chittagong to assist the civil administration in dealing with the flood situation and landslides.

The government on Tuesday extended the closure of educational institutions till tomorrow given the flood situation in the district.

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