Thursday, 18 August, 2022

Flood situation deteriorates in northern region

Fresh areas inundated

Flood situation in the northern region of the country has deteriorated further as fresh areas have been inundated by floodwater following water level rise in major rivers.

Around one million of people have been marooned while numerous houses, standing crops, communications infrastructures, educational institutions and other establishments have been damaged.

The flood situation has worsened in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Jamalpur and Sirajganj districts while it has deteriorated in Manikganj, Rajbari and Faridpur districts due to continues swelling of major rivers in the northern and central region of the country.

Seasonal rainfall and upstream water from the bordering areas have deteriorated the flooding further, causing immense suffering to the affected people.

Padma River at Bhagyakul of Munshiganj may cross respective danger level during next 24 hours on Wednesday.

The Padma River may continue to rise during the next 48 hours, according to Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) on Wednesday.

River waters are rising at 53 of the 101 points observed by the warning centre on Wednesday morning.

Nine major rivers are flowing above their danger marks (DM) at 14 stations on Wednesday, according to FFWC.

The river of the 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, Atrai at Baghabari, Dhalessari at Elasin, Padma at Goalando, Surma at Sunamganj, Old Surma at Derai points were flowing above their respective danger levels recorded on Wednesday at 09.00 AM, forecasted FFWC.

In Kurigram, flood situation worsened due to rise of water levels in Brahmaputra, Dharala and Dudkumar rivers.

People in the flood affected areas said they have been suffering a lot due to shortage of dry food, pure drinking water and relief materials as they did not get any relief from the government.

District Civil Surgeon Dr. Habibur Rahman said three children drowned in floodwater in the last three days till Tuesday.

ABM Abul Hossain, Chairman of Hatiya union, said the floodwater entered the union, forcing 700 people to take shelter on road.

Dilip Kumar Saha, District Relief and Rehabilitation officer, said some 357 villages under 55 unions out of 77 unions have been flooded while 29.50 kilometer embankment were damaged due to flood.

Some 3,922 hectares of land have gone under water, he said adding that so far, 302 tonnes of rice and Tk36.50 lakh have been allocated for the people in nine upazilas of the districts.