NOAKHALI: The low lying char lands in Hatia upazila of the district were flooded on Wednesday noon as the water of the Meghna River increased more than five to six feet high than normal tide due to the effect of cyclone Yaas.
As a result, 13 villages under Sukhchar, Nalchira, Charishwar and Nijhum Dwip unions went under five feet of the water. Thousands of people became marooned by the floodwater.Locals said as the damaged embankment was not repaired, those areas were flooded easily by tidal water.
Farming lands and fishing projects were washed away by the high tide, they added.
Hatia upazila Cyclone Preparedness Program (CPP) official Badiuzzaman said the water of Meghna River rose several feet high than the normal time due to the effect of the cyclone.
Meanwhile, UNO Md Imran Hossain said people in endangered areas were evacuated and taken to 182 cyclone shelters.