CHATTOGRAM: Around five lakh people of 15 upazilas under the Chattogram district remained marooned for the third consecutive day on Monday due to the flash flood triggered by incessant downpours and hilly onrush.
However, water started receding on Monday as rain remained stopped since the Sunday evening.The torrential rain and onrush of hilly water caused houses, business and educational establishments, croplands and roads to remain submerged under water in the affected areas.
Of the upazilas, Satkania and Chandanish are affected badly while people of Mirsarai, Sitakunda, Hathazari, Anwara, Banshkhali and Rangunia upazilas are also experiencing untold sufferings.
Though road communication of Chattogram with Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar districts were hampered to a great extent on Saturday and Sunday, the situation improved on Monday, said sources.
However, internal communication of some of the upazilas was collapsed as the flood water washed away and damaged the roads badly.
Chattogram District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer (DRRO) Abul Kalam Azad said people were affected due to hilly onrush at all the upazilas in the district.
A total of 466,425 people of the upazilas were affected by the flood. Some 702 houses were damaged completely while 9,335 partially in the natural calamity, he said.The affected people were provided with 500 metric tonnes of rice, Tk 13 lakh in cash and 8,440 packets of dry foods to tackle the situation, said the DRRO.
Satkania Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mohammad Mobarak Hossain said all unions under the upazila were inundated by flash flood marooning the people.
Of the unions, Charati, Amilaish, Nalua, Bajalia, Pashchim Dhemsha, Kaliash, Dharmapur and Chadaha were affected badly, he said.
Among the total 200 schools, some 50 were kept opened as shelter centre under the upazila.
A good number of people were staying at the centres while some of them returned home as logged water started receding slowly, said the UNO.
“We received some 95 tonnes of rice, Tk 2.5 lakh in cash and 4,500 packets of dry food. Those are being distributed among the affected people,” he said.
The UNO, however, feared that the situation may worsen further if the rain starts again.
Mentionable, the rain that started on July 6 continued throughout the week. It intensified further on Friday night and continued till Sunday evening.
The rain also caused severe waterlogging in the city paralysing life and business activities twice.
Many roads of the city got dilapidated in the rainfall and waterlogging, said the sources.