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Flood miseries linger in northern, central districts

Sun Online Desk     16th July, 2017 09:26:35 printer

Flood miseries linger in northern, central districts



Flood miseries  linger in the country’s northern and central districts as major rivers were flowing above danger marks at several points on Saturday.


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


According to official sources, the water levels of major rivers were swelling up and flowing downstream, posing a threat to the country’s central region.


Three people died on Wednesday in Kurigram and Gaibandha districts while a vast tract of land was washed away by floodwater.


Displaced people have been passing their days under open sky as their dwellings were washed away by floodwater while waterborne diseases like diarrhoea have broken out in flood-hit areas.


Local sources said though the government has sped up  distribution of relief goods among flood victims, but these are not adequate.


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


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


Erosion has taken a serious turn at places in northern and central regions due to strong current.


The Water Development Board (WDB) authorities have been working on emergency protection at the damaged points of various flood control embankments.


A large number of trees and crops on a vast tract of land were washed away by floodwater and strong current.


Many lowlands in the central region, including Faridpur, Shibalaya in Manikganj, Goalanda in Rajbari and Jhikargachha in Jessore have been inundated.


Shreenagar in Munshiganj, Naria in Shariatpur, Kapasia in Gazipur and Brahmanbaria are at risk of flooding as the Padma at Shreenagar and Naria points, Lakhya at Kapasia and Titas at Brahmanbaria points were flowing near danger level on Saturday.The Ghagot river was flowing 32cm above the red mark at Gaibandha point and Brahmaputra was flowing 23cm above at Chilmari point, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre.


The Jamuna was flowing 78cm, 53cm, 65cm and 77cm above danger levels at Bahadurabad, Sariakandi, Kazipur and Sirajganj points respectively, it said.


The Atrai was flowing 34cm above the danger level at Baghabari point, Dhaleswari above 64cm at Elasin point and Padma was flowing 21cm above at Goalundo point yesterday.


The river Kobadak was flowing above 2cm at Jhikargachha point and the Surma was flowing above 41cm at Kanaighat point respectively, it said.


The Kushiyara was flowing 76cm, 69cm and 15cm above danger levels at Amalshid, Sheola and Sherpur-Sylhet points and the Kangsha was flowing above 30cm at Jariajanjail point, according to the FFWC.


The Ganges, Padma and Kushiyara rivers were also in rising trend and they may continue rising in the next 48 hours, forecasted the FFWC on Saturday.


The Surma is likely to remain steady, while the Kushiyara may slightly rise in next 24 hours, it said.


The Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Surma rivers were in falling trend and they may continue falling in the next 72 hours.


In Faridpur, the Padma  was flowing 20 cm above the danger level at Goalanda point, rising 16 cm within the last 12 hours.


The Arial Kha, Kumar and Madhumati rivers were also flowing above danger levels on Saturday, said sources at the local Water Development Board office.


The water of Padma was rising rapidly.  Following the recession of floodwater in the northern districts, the water started flooding the mid-region of the country.


In Kurigram, the flood situation remained unchanged as the Brahamaputra was flowing above the danger mark. However, flooding declined slightly in some areas of the district.


About 700-square kilometre area of the district was inundated by floodwater, leaving 2.5 lakh people of 550 villages marooned for the last 10 days.


Academic activities at 193 educational institutions have remained suspended due to flooding.


District administration control room sources said some 38,312 houses, 17 bridges, 1.5-kilometre embankment, 140-kilometre road and 43 educational institutions have been damaged by floodwater.


 A total of 3,620 hectares of cropland were inundated in the district. Three people drowned here in floodwater.


The local administration has distributed 400 tonnes of rice, Tk 11.50 lakh in cash and 4,000 packets of dry foods among the flood victims. 


In Lalmonirhat, flood situation in the district has improved as waterflow of Teesta and Dharla rivers has started declining.


People, who left houses for flood, have started returning to their houses.


More than 1 lakh people in five upazilas of the district, who were affected by flood, are facing scarcity of pure drinking water, food and sanitation. They are seeking government assistance for their rehabilitation. 


In Sirajganj, 10 more villages went under water yesterday as 40 metres of an under-construction flood control embankment at Bahuka of Sadar upazila collapsed into the Jamuna.


In India, at least 85 people died due to flooding and landslides in three northeast states - Assam, Manipur and Arunachal.


The damage caused by rainfall is unprecedented and a total of 58 districts have been affected due to flooding and landslides in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur.