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Cyclone Remal: Water enters Barisal due to embankment damage

  • 33,000 people takes shelter in 869 shelters across Bhola
  • 15,000 people sought refuge in 541 shelters in Barisal
Update : 26 May 2024, 08:43 PM

Most rivers in the Barisal division are flowing above the danger level, with Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) officials fearing higher water levels during the next tide.

At the same time, embankments have been damaged in several places, allowing water to seep into areas such as Manpura, Tazumuddin, and Daulatkhan, said Hasan Mamun, BWDB superintendent engineer in Bhola.

Efforts to protect the barriers include using sandbags to prevent tidal water from entering different points along the Meghna River, he added.

In Bhola, the Meghna River is 10cm above the danger level at Daulatkhan, while in Barguna, the Bishkhali River is 3cm above, and the Burishwar River in Patuakhali is 8cm above the danger level. At Tazumuddin, the Meghna River is 112cm above the danger level.

Mamun expressed concern about the rising water levels: "The tide is flowing now, and the water will rise more when the tide comes in around the morning. We are in panic."

Meanwhile, Relief and Rehabilitation Officer SM Delwar Hossain confirmed that 33,000 people have taken shelter in 869 shelters across Bhola.

He noted that the full moon, combined with the storm's impact, has raised the water level on the coast, increasing the risk of flooding. Low-lying areas, including Manpura and Daulatkhan in Bhola, have been inundated by tidal water.

Ranjit Kumar, another relief and rehabilitation officer, said that over 15,000 people have sought refuge in 541 shelters in the Barisal district. While no embankment have broken in Barisal, tidal water has entered the lower areas of Hijla and Mehendiganj.

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