Flooding aggravates in different districts | 2019-07-15

Flooding aggravates in different districts

National Desk

15 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Flooding aggravates in different districts

Local people wade through waist-deep water at a village in Lalmonirhat district as flash flood caused by heavy rains and onrush of upstream water inundated different parts of the district. The photo was taken Goddimari village under Hatibandha upazila of the district on Sunday. — Star Mail

Overall flood situation in the country deteriorated on Sunday as water levels at all major rivers marked rise inundating more fresh areas, marooning thousands of people and disrupting road communications in different districts.

In Rangpur: Flood situation in seven northern districts in the Brahmaputra basin deteriorated further on Sunday following continuous onrush of water from upstream, marooning over five lakh people.

District administrations have intensified distribution of relief among flood-affected people of Rangpur, Nilphamari, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Bogra and Sirajganj districts.

According to Water Development Board (WDB), water levels of all major rivers except Teesta were continuing to rise and flowing above respective danger marks at 10 points in these seven districts this afternoon.

Superintending Engineer (SE) of WDB for Rangpur Circle-1 Harun Ar Rashid said officials of WDB, district administration and local leaders are monitoring the situation constantly and taking necessary steps to stand beside the flood-affected people.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Officers (DRRO) for Lalmonirhat Ali Haider said, they have got allocations of 450 tonnes of rice, Taka 5.50 lakh and 4,000 packets of dry foods from the government.

Kurigram DRRO Khairul Anam said the government has allocated Taka eight lakh, 500 tonnes of rice and 4,000 packets of dry foods for distribution among flood-hit families.

‘We have already allocated 280 tonnes of rice, 2,000 packets of dry foods and Taka 6.75 lakh for distribution among 2.14-lakh people of 53,551 flood-hit families in all nine upazilas of the district,” he said.

DRRO of Nilphamari SA Hayat said, they have got 450 tonnes of rice, Taka 7.50 lakh and 4,000 packets of dry foods for flood-affected people where overall flood situation marked significant improvement on Sunday.

He said, 170 tonnes of rice, Taka 2.50 lakh and 2,000 packets of and dry foods were distributed among 2,889 families of Dimla upazila in Nilphamari, he said.

In Bogura: Flood has inundated a total of 80 villages in Bogura district, causing immense sufferings for people.

Azahar Ali Mandal, an official of district administration, said, “Low-lying areas at 80 villages in Bogura district were flooded as the water level in the Jamuna river is increasing gradually due to onrush of water from the upstream.”

Standing crops on 568 hectares of land in Sariakandi and Sonatali upazilas went under water, Azahar said adding, “Nearly 60,000 people were badly affected by the flood and a large number of houses partially or completely damaged.

A total of 23 educational institutions under Sonatali and Sariakandi upazilas were shut down due to floodwater, he added.

Sources at the district administration said a total of 100 tonnes of rice and 1,000 packets of dry foods were distributed among flood-hit people in Sariakandi upazila.

In Netrakona: The flood situation in Barhatta, Kalmakanda and Purbadhala upazilas of the district has worsened as the two major rivers Kangso and Ubdakhali have swelled due to heavy rainfall and onrush water from upstream region.

District administration and Water Development Board (WDB) office sources said more than 100 villages under 16 unions of the four upazilas were inundated by the flood waters.

Deputy commissioner of Netrakona Ariful Islam told BSS that relief operation has been intensified in the flood affected areas to remove sufferings of the people.

Under the relief operation, district administration has already distributed 100 metric tons of rice and 3000 packets of dry foods among the food-hit people of the district.

In Jamalpur: Flood situation in the district has deteriorated further as water level of the Jamuna has increased sharply during the past 24 hours.

Water Development Board (WDB) sources said the Jamuna river is flowing by 81cm above its danger mark at Bahadurabad. Nearly 70,000 people have been affected by flood, they said adding more areas in the district will be inundated, if rising trend of Jamuna river may continue.

Jamalpur office of Department of Agricultural Extension said flood water submerged standing crops on 1246 hectares of land in district. Of them, 128 hectares are Aman paddy, 285 hectares Aus paddy, 275 hectares jute, 551 hectares vegetable and 7 hectares Chilli.

District Primary Education Officer Md Shahidul Islam said monsoon flood affected normal life in the district forcing 66 primary schools and other educational institution closed.

In Sunamgonj: Overall flood situation has been slightly deteriorated in the district with creating flood-like situation in eight upazilas of the district.

Surma River is flowing 88cm above the danger level. According to the official accounts about 1.04 lakh people are now reeling on the danger of flood while unofficially the number is higher.

District relief and rehabilitation officer Faridul Haque said, the government has opened ten shelter centers, but the affected people are not coming to the centers leaving behind their homes and property.

The government has so far allocated 500 metric tonnes of rice, cash Taka 10 lakh and 5235 packets of dry food for flood affected people. Measures were taken to reach the relief materials to the affected people.

District administration held a views exchange meeting with local leaders and officials of various departments for smooth handling of flood situation in Sadar and Biswambar upazilas.

Meanwhile, district and upazila administrations and Upazila Council distributed dry foods and water purifying tablets among 620 families.

Female parliament member from Sunamgonj-Sylhet reserve seat Advocate Shamima Shariyar also distributed some relief materials among flood affected people.

In Gaibandha: Overall flood situation in chars and river basin areas of the Brahmaputra and the Teesta rivers in the district worsened further as the rivers marked rise during the last 36 hours till Sunday morning.

The officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) here said water level in the Brahmaputra rose by 43 cm during the period and it was flowing 68 cm above danger level at Fulchharighat point.

The Teesta registered further rise by 25 cm during the period and was flowing 22 cm above its danger point at Kaunia point, sources said.

The Ghagot which was flowing through the main land of the district rose by 45 cm during the period and was flowing 44 cm above danger mark at New Bridge Road point of the district town this morning.

With the rise of water level in the Brahmaputra and the Teesta, the fresh areas of chars and the river basin of 23 unions of Sundarganj, Sadar Fulchhari and Saghata upazila were submerged.

More than 1.20 lakh people of the upazilas have been marooned, said NDC and acting district relief and rehabilitation officer M. Shaheedul Islam.

As many as 11,253 flood affected people of the upazilas took shelter in 20 flood shelter centres with their belongings including domestic animals and poultry birds.

Due to flood, standing crops in over 500 hectares of land particularly Aus paddy, Aman seed bed, T-Aman land, and summer vegetables went under flood water, said deputy director of Department of Agriculture Extension Dr. SM Ferdous.

A total of 120 government primary schools of the upazilas were closed and academic activities have been suspended temporarily as the flood water entered the schools, said M. Hossain Ali, district primary education officer.

Executive Engineer of BWDB Mokhlasur Rahman said they have cancelled holidays of the officials and employees engaging them for flood control and embankment protection.

Officials said leakages were found in different places flood protection embankment from Jumabari to Haripur, prompting the BWDB to take emergency maintenance works at vulnerable points through filling up earth and sand bags, the executive engineer said.

Acting Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rokhsana Begum told BSS that 50 tonnes of rice and necessary cash money has been distributed among affected people.

A total of 400 tonnes of rice and Taka 6.50 lakh were allocated for the distribution among the affected people of the upazila on emergency basis, the acting DC said.