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Flood plays havoc in north, central regions

River erosion devours scores of dwelling houses, schools, colleges, mosques

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 31 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Flood plays havoc in north, central regions
The flood situation has deteriorated in Kurigram following a rise in water levels of major rivers due to the onrush of water from the upstream, leaving around 40,000 people marooned. The photo was taken from Ghodadah area in Sadar upazila on Monday. – SUN PHOTO

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Swelling rivers amid huge onrush of water from the upstream caused by heavy downpour has deteriorated the overall flood situation in the northern region, leaving several lakh people marooned.

The flood-affected people were leading a miserable life as they were yet to get adequate relief as of Monday, locals said.

In the wake of flooding, the river erosion took a serious turn while crops on a vast tract of land went under water.

The flood situation in low-lying areas of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogura, Tangail, Sirajganj, Pabna, Manikganj, Rajbari and Faridpur districts may worsen further, said Arifuzzaman Bhuyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

The Brahmaputra River is in a rising trend while the Jamuna is in a steady state and both rivers may swell further in the next 48 hours, he said.

The Padma River is in a rising trend while except Manu and Khowai, major rivers in the northeastern part of the country are in falling trend, which may continue for the next 48 hours, Airf added.

Many flood-hit people took shelter in makeshift houses in upper areas, high land and roads as their homesteads were inundated with flood water while river erosion is taking place in different districts.

The Dharla River was flowing above the danger level at Kurigram point while Brahmaputra at Chilmari, Jamuna at Fulchhari, Bahadurabad, Sariakandi, Kazipur, Sirajganj, Porabari, Mathura and Aricha points, Atrai at Baghabari point, Dhaleswari at Elasin point and Padma at Goalundo point, according to the FFWC.

River erosion has intensified in several districts of northern and central regions. Local sources said erosion by major rivers has taken a serious turn in many areas, causing immense sufferings for people.

A large number of houses, structures, trees and crops on vast tracts of land were washed away by floodwaters and strong current of rivers in different flood-hit areas.

Scores of dwelling houses, schools, colleges, mosques and roads went into the gorge of rivers due to unabated river erosion thereby rendering thousands of people homeless.

They are passing days under open sky in an inhuman condition.

Flood-affected people are suffering much due to lack of adequate relief materials. Scarcity of pure drinking water has multiplied their woes.