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Flooding worsens in northern, central regions

Flooding worsens in northern, central regions

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  • Staff Correspondent
  • 23 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Fresh areas were inundated in the northern and central regions of the country on Monday as the flood situation worsened following rise in water levels of the major rivers.

People living in the low lying areas of Kurigram, Rangpur, Sirajganj, Pabna, Kushtia, Manikganj, Rajbari, Faridpur and Shariatpur districts are suffering miserably as the deluge has damaged their standing crops, houses, cattle and other valuables.

The people in the affected areas are not getting adequate food and safe drinking water. Government relief is too meager to meet their demand.

The Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Padma rivers are in rising trend which may continue in next 24 hours, said said Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).

The flood situation in the low lying areas of Kurigram, Sirajganj, Pabna, Kushtia, Manikganj, Rajbari, Faridpur and Shariatpur districts may deteriorate in the next 24 hours, he said adding that the Jamuna river at Sirajganj point and Dhaleswari river at Elasin point may cross danger level.

Dharla river at Kurigram point, Jamuna river at Kazipur, Mathura and Aricha points, Atrai at Baghabari, Padma at Goalundo and Sureswar and Gorai at Kamarkhali points were flowing above danger level on Sunday.

Flood affected people took shelter on safe place and embankments as their house were inundated by floodwater. Locals apprehended an outbreak of diarrhea and other waterborne diseases.

River erosion has taken a serious turn at some places especially in the northern and central regions of the country. Water Development Board (WDB) authorities have been working on emergency protection at the damaged points of various flood control embankments. River erosion has taken a serious turn at Dhunat in Bogra, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Sirajganj, Faridpur and some other areas.

Over 5,000 families of 15,000 villages of Dimla upazila in Nilphamari have remained stranded due to the floodwater which also damaged the standing crops, houses and other establishments in the area.

In Rangpur, more than 5,000 families have been inundated at Gangachara in Rangpur. River erosion has also taken a serious turn in this area.

Thousands of people in the low-lying areas of Rajbari and Faridpur districts have been marooned in floodwater as the Padma River has been flowing above the danger mark for the last few days.

More than 5,000 people in 50 villages under Faridpur Sadar upazila have been affected by floodwater.

Floodwater entered around 100 villages of Faridpur Sadar, Charvadrashon, Sadarpur and Vanga upazilas.

In Kushtia, around 50,000 residents in 37 villages under the Daulatpur upazila have been affected by floodwater.

In Sirajganj, a vast tract of char land and some low lying areas have been inundated. The Sirajganj town protection embankment has also come under threat of erosion.