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Flood-affected people cry for relief

Staff Correspondent     14th July, 2017 10:59:52 printer

Flood-affected people cry for relief

People living in low-lying areas of Kurigram district are leading a miserable life as their houses remain submerged. The photo was taken on Friday.-sun Photo

The overall flood situation in the country’s northern region remained unchanged while fresh areas were inundated in the central and southern regions due to the onrush of water from upstream.

Thousands of flood victims in the submerged areas have been passing miserable life with inadequate relief, locals said.

Some villagers have been evacuated from several flood-hit areas while many others have been found stranded.

Shortages of pure drinking water and food intensified the sufferings of the marooned people.

Some of the displaced people have passing their days under the open sky as their dwellings were washed away by floodwaters while waterborne diseases like diarrhoea have broken out in the flooded areas.

The flood-hit people are seeking assistance from the government or other organisations.

Local sources said the government has sped up relief distribution among the flood victims in the affected areas, but these are not adequate.

Educational institutions in the worst-affected areas have been declared closed due to the floodwater.

Many lowlands Shibalaya under Manikganj, Goalanda in Rajbari and Faridpur in central region and Jhikargasa in Jessore in south region have gone under floodwater.

A large number of families have got stranded in floodwater while many have abandoned homes.

Sreenagar in Munshiganj, Naria in Shariatpur, Brahmanbaria and Chunraghat in Habiganj are at risk of flooding as the river Padma at Sreenagar and Naria points, Titas at Brahmanbaria point and Khowai at Chunraghat point were flowing near danger level on Friday.

The sudden decrease of water flow in Teesta and Dharala basins triggered serious river erosion in many areas of Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts.

Tens of thousands of flood-affected people in the northern districts are passing miserable life while many homeless people have taken shelter on highlands and embankments.

The flooding has damaged crops on a vast tract of land and caused severe erosion on many riverbanks.

Fresh areas were inundated in the northern, central and southern region due to swelling in the major rivers on Friday.

A total of 11 major rivers were flowing above the danger mark at 16 stations on Friday.


The Ghagot River is flowing 43cm above the red mark at Gaibandha point, Brahmaputra 35cm at Chilmari point, a source in the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said.

The river Jamuna is flowing 87cm, 58cm, 62cm and 69cm above danger level at Bahadurabad, Sariakandi, Kazipur and Sirajganj points, it said.

The river Padma is flowing 5cm above danger level at Goalundo point while the river Kobadak 5cm at Jhikargachha point and the Surma 49cm at Kanaighat point, it said.

The river Kushiyara is flowing 69cm, 65cm and 7cm above danger level at Amalshid, Sheola and Sherpur-Sylhet points, according to the FFWC.

In Kurigram, the overall flood situation worsened further as 15 villages went under fresh water in the last 24 hours.

Eighty-seven medical teams were formed in the district to prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases in the flood-hit areas.    

Over two lakh people in seven upazilas, out of nine, remained trapped in floodwater for the past few days while at least 150 schools were announced closed for the flood.

Though the government has initiated the distribution of relief materials in the flood-affected areas but it is not adequate, said locals.

In Jamalpur, almost one lakh people have been marooned in 35 unions of six upazilas and the Jamuna River was flowing 84 cm above the danger level at Bahadurshah point.

Seven unions of Islampur, eight of Dewanganj, seven in Madarganj, five in Sarishabari, three in Bakshiganj and one union in Melandah were inundated.

In Lalmonirhat, over one lakh people of 36 villages under 16 unions in Hatibandha, Kaliganj, Aditmari and Sadar upazilas of Teesta basin remained trapped in floodwaters.

Sudden decrease in water flow triggered serious river erosion in some areas. The Teesta and Dharla rivers devoured at least 63 houses in the last 24 hours.

Besides, Lalmonirhat deputy commissioner Abul Fayez Md Alauddin Khan said they distributed 500 packets of dry food, Tk 2 lakh in cash and 8 tonnes of GR rice among the flood-affected people in Hatibandha and Aditmari upazilas.