Flash flood leaves 20,000 people marooned in Kurigram

Vegetable crops land and Aman seedbed in various lands was badly damaged due to rains, says upazila agriculture officer

Low-lying areas in six unions of Roumari upazila of Kurigram have been inundated by flash flood triggered by the recent rains and onrush of upstream water, rendering 20,000 people marooned.

Aman seedbeds and other paddy fields were submerged following the rise in the water level of the Brahmaputra and Jinjiram Rivers in India.

Abu Syed of Madartila village said his paddy fields went under water due to the recent flash flood. “I have to harvest immature paddy to avoid huge loss.”

Abdul Kaiyum, of Mandalpara village, said he brought one bigha of land under vegetable cultivation and now all vegetables went under water due to the heavy rainfall.

Salim Uddin, a farmer of Isakuri village, said I have brought my three bighas of land under paddy cultivation after harvesting maize but all my dreams were dashed due to the rains.

Abdul Kaiyum Chowdhury, upazila agriculture officer, said the losses caused by the rains might be little as many farmers have harvested their paddy from the field but vegetable crops land and Aman seedbed were badly damaged due to rains.

Azizur Rahman, project implementation officer of Roumari pazila, said they are observing the overall situation closely. “Necessary steps will be taken if the flood situation worsens further.”