8 die, 10 lakh hit as flooding worsens | 2019-07-16

8 die, 10 lakh hit as flooding worsens

ANM Mohibub Uz Zaman

16 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

8 die, 10 lakh hit as flooding worsens

Members of a flood-affected family with their domestic animals are going to a safe place by a raft as floodwater has inundated vast tracts of land in Fulchari upazila of Gaibandha district. The photo was taken from Katlamari village of the upazila on Monday. — monirul islam maruf

Flood situation has aggravated in different parts of the country during the monsoon with eight people dead and hundreds marooned.

Official sources said new areas have been submerged by floodwater as major rivers were flowing above the danger mark at many points.

Around 10 lakh people have been affected by the flooding in the countryside.

The overall flood situation may turn for the worse in the next seven days, Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center, told the daily sun.

The flood-hit districts include Chattogram, Bandarban, Khagrachhari, Cox’s Bazar, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Sylhet, Sunamganj, Habiganj, Moulvibazar, Netrakona, Gaibandha, Bogra, Feni, Kurigram and Sirajganj.

In the next couple of days, flood may hit new districts, including Rajbari, Shariatpur, Faridpur and Munshiganj.

Medium (10 days) flood may linger in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Jamalpur, Sirajganj and Manikganj as Brahmaputra river may cross the danger level this month, an FFWC report said.

It further said there is a chance of very heavy rainfall at some places in the northern and northeastern regions.

The flooding may worsen in Sylhet, Sunamganj, Habiganj, Moulvibazar and Netrakona at the end of July.

The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Ganges-Padma rivers may continue rising in the next 72 hours.

The Dhaleswari river may cross the danger level at Elasinghat point in the next 24 hours, the FFWC forecasted on Monday.

The flood situation in Netrakona, Sunamganj and Sylhet may remain stable in the next 24 hours, it said.

Water of 14 major rivers is rising above the danger level at 26 points.

At least three people, including two minor children, have drowned in floodwater in Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar.

A 10-year-old child has died at Chandanaish while a nine-year-old child died in Fatikchari in Chattogram.

Meanwhile, two people have gone missing after being washed away by floodwater in Ruma upazila of Bandarban.

In Cox’s Bazar, Momahhad Raju, 26, was found dead in floodwater at Atarkum in Chokoria upazila on Sunday.

The victim was identified as Mohammad Raju, son of Jamal Uddin of  the area.

UNB adds: Five children drowned in flood water as the overall flood condition in Kurigram, Sirajganj, Habiganj, Bogura and Lalmonirhat districts continue to deteriorate leaving hundreds of people marooned under water on Monday.

In Kurigram, four children - Habibullah, 6, from Hatia union of Ulipur upazila, another from Phulbari upazila and two other children from Chilmari upazila drowned under flood water as water of all the rivers were swelling persistently, said Civil Surgeon Dr Aminul Islam.

Identities of the rest of deceased were not available.

A total of 390 villages of 55 unions of the district were inundated while at least 350,000 people were living under the open sky in inhuman conditions.

Md Rumanuzzaman, Assistant Engineer of WDB said that the water of Dharla River is flowing 112 cm above the danger level while water of Brahamaputra River is flowing 108 cm and 79 cm above danger level at Chilmari and Nunkhawa points respectively.

Additional Deputy Commissioner Md Hafizur Rahman said they gave 15 kg rice to each of 2,000 families in three flood-hit areas of the district.

In Sirajganj, a minor child - Sumon, 10, drowned in Kazipur upazila on Sunday, said Ranjit Kumar Sarkar, Senior Officer of local Water Development Board.

At least 75,000 people remained marooned by flood water as onrush of water from the upstream and incessant rain persistently rising the water level of Jamuna River which is flowing 30 cm above the danger level on Monday.

Ranjit Kumar said Chouhali, Shahjadpur, Enayetpur, Kazipur, Belkuchi and low lying areas of Sadar, Tarash and Ullapara upazilas were inundated under flood water.

In Habiganj, three unions of Nabiganj upazila were affected as water level of Kushiyara River rose. 10 educational institutes were declared closed while already 90 percent areas of Digholbag union went under flood water. Besides, 40 percent of Inatganj union and 20 percent of Aushkandi union have been flooded.

Local administration distributed dry food among the flood-hit people but in spite of adequate reserves, rice was not distributed due to excessive rains. Tawhid Bin Hasan, Upazila executive officer said they would distribute rice on Tuesday. In Nabiganj upazila 6 primary schools, two high schools and two madrasas remained shut for the flood, he said.

Md Tawhidul Islam, Executive Engineer of Water Development Board said that the water of Khowai River is flowing 140 cm above the danger level while water of Kushiyara River was flowing 53 cm above the danger level.

Local Relief office said nine villages have been submerged in the upazila affecting 1100 families and three shelters have been installed for them.

The water level of Jamuna River in Bogura is rapidly rising due to heavy water flow from India’s Assam and Meghalaya state. The water of Jamuna is flowing 78 cm above the danger level at Mathurapara point of Sariakandi upazila.

Sudden flood already water stagnated nearly one lakh people in Sonatola, Sariakandi and Dhunat upazila. Flood-hit people have taken shelter at flood control embankments and shelter centers.

The local administration already distributed 2000 packets of dry food and 142 metric tonnes of rice as relief materials among the flood affected people.

In Lalmonirhat, water of Teesta and Dharla rivers have been flowing 22 cm and 55 cm above the danger level respectively. Thousands of families were marooned as 200 meters area of Kutirpar flood control embankment broke down in Aditmari upazila.

Although for past seven days people of shoal areas are water stagnated but yet to get any relief materials.