Thousands marooned as flood situation worsens in 4 dists | 2015-08-29

Thousands marooned as flood situation worsens in 4 dists

Staff Correspondent

29th August, 2015 09:54:24 printer

Thousands marooned as flood situation worsens in 4 dists

Flood worsens woes of people in 4 districts. Photo taken from Gaibandha

Flashfloods, triggered by rains and rise in water level in major rivers have left thousands of people in four districts marooned, reports UNB.

In Faridpur, the Padma River was flowing 9.04 cm above the danger level at Goalondo point, causing the smaller rivers linked with it to swell as well that has led to the inundation of the low-lying areas in Sadar, Charbhadrason, Sadarpur and Alphadanga upazilas.

More than 50,000 people in 10 union parishads in those upazilas were marooned and passing their days in miseries for lack of drinking water, local officials said.

Acting deputy commissioner of the district Abdur Rashid said they have sent a letter to the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry seeking emergency support for the flood victims.

In Madaripur, strong currents of the Arial Kha River has led to the erosion of 10 houses in Enayetpur union in Kalkini upazila. More establishments, including Alipur High School, Alipur Lal Chan Gov Primary School, Alipur Madrasah and Alipur Bazar in the union now stand threatened.

Away in Sunamganj, rains have caused the Kushiara River to swell inundating nearly 100 villages in four unions of Jagannathpur upazila.

Meanwhile, over 50,000 people in the flood affected areas have left their houses and taken shelter in safer places.

Majlul Haque, chairman of Raniganj union of the upazila, said the floodwater has breached open the Haor-protection embankment in the area at several places, flooding rural roads and households.

In Nilphamari, the Teesta River was flowing 10 cm above its red mark on Friday evening, inundating 25 villages in its vicinity.

About 5,000 people in Dimpla, Joldhaka upazilas of the district along with Hatibandha and Kaliganj upazilas of Lalmonirhat remained marooned as the swollen Teesta flooded their houses at night.

Executive engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board’s Dalia office Mostafizur Rahman said the Teesta continued to flow above its danger level till Saturday evening.