Flooding maroons around 1m people

Fresh areas inundated

Staff Correspondent

30 June, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The worsening flood situation in northern and northeastern regions of the country has left around one million people marooned, damaging numerous houses and standing crops on a vast tract of farmland in the affected districts.

Floodwater has inundated fresh areas in the northern region of the country, causing immense sufferings to affected people.

The flood situation is still worsening in the northern districts following onrush of water from the river upstream across the border in India on Monday.

The flood situation has worsened in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Jamalpur, Sirajganj and Tangail districts as fresh areas have been inundated on Monday.

The major rivers in the region have swelled further wreaking havoc on life and property in the districts.

Earlier on Saturday, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Sunamganj and Sylhet districts have been inundated by floodwater.

Flood situation in Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Netrokona, Sunamganj and Sylhet may improve, said Md Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) on Monday.

Millions of people have already been left marooned by the flooding.

Many houses and standing crops on a vast tract of farmland have seriously been damaged by the floodwater.

The continuous rains in the northeastern districts of the country have aggravated the flooding there.  

Padma River at Bhagyakul of Munshiganj and Goalondo of Rajbari district and Jamuna River at Aricha points may cross respective danger level during next 24-48 hours, said Arifuzzaman.

River water was rising at 72 of the 101 points observed by the warning centre on Monday morning. Nine major rivers are flowing above their danger marks (DM) at 14 stations on Monday, according to FFWC.

The river of the Teesta at Dalia in Nilphamari, Dharala at Kurigram, Ghagot at Gaibandha, Brahmaputra at Nunkhawa and Chilmari in Kurigram, Jamuna at Fulchori in Gaibandha, Bahadurabad in Jamalpur, Sarikandi in Bogra Kajipur in Sirajganj and Sirajganj Sadar districts, Surma at Kanaighat, Kushiara at Sunamganj, Old Surma at Derai and Someshori at Kalmakanda points were flowing above their respective danger levels recorded on Monday at 09.00 AM, FFWC forecasted.

In Tangail, many areas along the river in Tangail Sadar, Bhuapur and Kalihati upazilas have been flooded triggering erosion of land.

In Kurigram, around 1.5 lakh people marooned in the districts as flood situation worsens as the water level in the Brahmaputra and Dharla rivers swelled further as of Monday morning.

Sources at the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said crops on 1,692 hectares of lands have been inundated by the floods.

Deputy Commissioner of the district Mohammad Rezaul Karim said 302 tonnes of rice has been allocated for the flood victims. In Jamalpur, the flood situation in the district further deteriorated as water level of the major river Jamuna continued to flow above the danger level affecting around 1.5 lakh people. District Relief and Rehabilitation Office sources said 27 unions in Islampur, Dewanganj, Madarganj, Bakshiganj, Sarishabari and Melandah upazila are the worst hit by the huge deluge of the flood.

Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) Deputy Director Md Aminul Islam said standing crops on 4,292 hectares of land have been inundated by floodwater.