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Flooding in Northern, Central Regions

Miseries of people immeasurable

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Miseries of people immeasurable
Erosion by the river Padma has taken a serious turn in Dighirpar area under Tongibari upazila of Munshiganj district. People are shifting their dismantled houses from the riverbank fearing collapse of their homesteads by river erosion. The photo was shot on Monday. —Reaz Ahmed Sumon

People of the flood affected districts in the northern and central regions are suffering immensely as the flooding has damaged their standing crops and houses seriously.

People living in the low lying areas of Kurigram, Rangpur, Sirajganj, Pabna, Kushtia, Manikganj, Rajbari, Faridpur and Shariatpur are the worst sufferers.

Thousands of affected people are leading miserable life as they are not getting adequate food and safe drinking water.

Overall flood situation in the areas may linger as some major rivers are still flowing above the danger marks.

Jamuna River at Mathura and Aricha points, Atrai at Baghabari, Padma at Goalundo and Sureswar, Dhaleswari at Elasin and Gorai at Kamarkhali points were flowing above danger level on Monday.

“Brahmaputra-Jamuna River system may continue to rise. Water level at Kazipur point of Sirajganj and Aricha point of Manikganj may remain steady for the next seven days. As a result, the ongoing flood situation in these districts may continue for the next seven days,” according to Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).

Water level at Bahadurabad point of Jamalpur and Sariakandi point of Bogra may reach close to danger level by August 27 and water level at Sirajganj point of Sirajganj and Elashinghat point of Tangail may cross danger level within the next 48 hours, it said.

“Water level at Goalondo point of Munshiganj and Sureshwar point of Shariatpur may remain steady during the next seven days. As a result, the ongoing flood in the districts may continue during the next 7 days. Water level at Bhagyakul point and Mawa point of Munshiganj may reach close to danger level by August 25.”

“Rivers around Dhaka city may rise but flooding is not forecasted here around Dhaka city,” said said Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).

Major rivers in the northeastern part of the country are in rising trend which may continue in the next 72 hours while the flood situation at low lying areas of Pabna, Manikganj, Rajbari, Faridpur and Shariatpur districts may slightly deteriorate, he said.

The Padma River at Bhagyakul point and Shitalakhya river at Narayanganj point may cross danger level by Tuesday.

According to the numerical weather models of Bangladesh Meteorological Department and India Meteorological Department, there is chance of medium to heavy rainfall in the northern and northeastern region of the country along with places of adjoining Sub-Himalayan West Bangal, Assam and Meghalaya states of India in the next 72 hours.

As a result, the water levels of Teesta, Dharala, Dudhkumar, Brahmaputra and the major rivers in Upper Meghna basin may rise rapidly at times during this period.

River erosion has taken a serious turn at places especially in the northern and central region and the Water Development Board (WDB) authorities have been working on emergency protection at the damaged points of various flood control embankments.

Over 100 families in Ulipur upazila of Kurigram district have lost their homes to erosion by the Teesta River in the last one week.

Villages like Arjun in Daldalia Union and Gorai Pier, Dalal Para, Hokdanga and Doctor Para in Thetrai Union of the upazila have been hit hard by the turbulent river.

Five educational institutions, two community clinics, roads and 100 acres of arable land now stand threatened due to the gushing water from the river, locals said.

At least 500 families of these areas have turned paupers as they lost their homes and lands in this monsoon alone.