Flooding hits N-region again

Staff Correspondent

26 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Flood situation in the low-lying areas of the country’s northern and north-eastern regions deteriorated further on Friday due to heavy rainfall and onrush of upstream river water from the neighboring country.    

Excessive rainfall in Northern, North-Eastern region of the country and adjacent Assam, Meghaloya, and Darjeeling areas of India has triggered the floods in the country.

Low-lying and char areas have been submerged in Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Bogra, Natore, Sherpur and Sunamganj district as major river crossed the danger mark on the day due to the onrush of upstream water.

Four rivers Dharla, Jamuna, Gur and Jadukata were flowing above the danger level on the day, said Arifuzzaman Bhuyan executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

“The Brahmaputra-Jamuna River is in rising trend while The Ganges-Padma River is in steady state, according to FFWC.

The major rivers of the Upper Meghna Basin in the North-Eastern region of the country are in rising trend, which may continue in next 24 hours, it said.

In Kurigram, rainfall in recent days and water from the upstream have caused Teesta, Dharla and Brahmaputra rivers to burst their banks and inundate new char areas in Kurigram, leaving around 50,000 people marooned.

Hologhona Union Chairman Omar Faruk said 10,000 people in Hologhona, Sardob, Kagjipara and Satkalua villages under the union remained stranded as Dharla’s water level rose.

Besides, 10,000 people in Jagomohon char and Char Baraibari under Ghopadanga union have been affected by the flash flood. Several thousand people in Borobhita, Dangamor in Phulbari upazila, Hologhona, Bhogdanga, Pachagacchi and Moglabasha in Sadar upazila have been marooned after the flood hit them for the fifth time.

Many new river islands in the Sadar, Razarhat, Phulbari and Ulipur upazilas have been inundated during the recent flash flood, leaving thousands stranded.

Roads in the rural areas in some upazilas have also gone under water, snapping communication.

Around 2.18 lakh families consisting of around 9.81 lakh people badly affected by the flood have, so far, received relief materials to overcome their livelihood-related hardships caused by the natural disaster in different districts of Rajshahi division.

The government, as part of its instant humanitarian assistance to cope with the catastrophic situation, has, so far, allocated 1,521.14 tons of rice, Tk39.02 lakh in cash, 16,980 packets of dry-food, Tk21 lakh for baby food and Tk 40 lakh for animal feed.

Moinul Islam, Additional Commissioner of Rajshahi division, said distribution of the allocated relief materials among the affected families in the division is in the final stage.

Apart from this, 2,238.5 tons of rice, Tk35.87 lakh, 3,620 packets of dry food, Tk3 lakh for baby food and Tk5 lakh for animal feed have been kept as stock for distribution.