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Flood worsens further in 15 districts

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 4 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Flood worsens further in 15 districts
Erosion by the river Meghna has taken a serious turn in Charfession upazila of Bhola district, devouring many houses and croplands. The photo was taken on Friday. —Md Nasir Uddin

Flooding has further aggravated in 15 districts across the country as more areas were submerged by the onrush of upstream river water and rainfall.

Floodwaters have damaged many houses, crops, communications infrastructures, educational institutions and other establishments in the country’s northern and central regions.

Sources said crops on a vast tract of land have been damaged, causing a huge financial loss for farmers.

Official sources said the water levels of the major rivers were swelling and flowing downstream, posing a threat to the central region, official sources said.

The most flood-affected areas are Kurigram, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Bagura, Jamalpur, Sirajganj, Tangail, Pabna, Manikganj, Gazipur, Rajbari, Faridpur, Munshiganj and Shariatpur.

At least 10 rivers --- the Dudhkumar, Dharla, Brahmaputra, Teesta, Ghaghot, Jamuna, Turag, Padma, Atrai and Dhaleswari rivers are flowing above the danger levels at 22 points, said Arifuzzaman Bhuyan executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).

The Jamuna river and the Ganges-Padma river are in a rising trend which may continue in the next 24 hours, he said.

The flood situation in low-lying lands of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogra, Tangail, Sirajganj, Pabna, Manikganj, Rajbari, Faridpur and Shariatpur districts may deteriorate in the next 24 hours, he said.

The flood situation in low-lying lands of the Teesta basin may remain steady in the next 24 hours, the official added.

The flood victims have taken shelter in makeshift houses, boats, on high lands, embankments and roads. Most of them are hardly getting any food and pure drinking water.

People in most of the flood-affected areas remain stranded while some have been evacuated.

In Kurigram, more than 50,000 flood-affected people in more than 200 chars and riverine villages of Kurigram have been living in terrible conditions due to shortage of food and drinking water.

More than 15,000 hectares of Aman paddy fields and vegetable fields have been submerged in floodwaters.

Fresh areas of the river basin spanning seven upazilas of Kurigram continue to be flooded as the water level keeps rising. In Tangail, over one lakh people, who lived on riversides and in low-lying areas, have been suffering as six out of 12 upazilas in the district were flooded.

Different crops, including transplanted Aman paddy, on 920 hectares of land in eight upazilas of the district were inundated, officials of the Department of Agriculture Extension said.

In Manikganj, at least 50 thousand people of Daulatpur, Shibalay, Harirampur and other upazilas have been marooned.

Croplands, business establishments, schools and roads are at the risk of being engulfed by the Padma, Jamuna, Kaliganga, Dhaleswari as erosion has taken a serious turn in the upazilas.