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Fresh flood hits two northern dists

Flood death toll rises to 136

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 3 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Fresh flood hits two northern dists

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Low-lying areas of Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari districts have been inundated by fresh flood triggered by continuous rains and onrush of water from the upstream rivers with the overall death toll from flood across the country reaching 136.

The major rivers of the northern region and others, including Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Padma, are in a rising trend, said Arifuzzaman Bhuyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

According to the forecast of meteorological agencies, there is a chance of medium to heavy rain at some places of the northern and northeastern regions of the country alongside adjoining upstream areas of India in the next 24 hours.

The rivers in the northern region except the Brahmaputra and the major rivers in the northeastern region may remain steady during the period.

The water level marked a rise at 76 river stations, fell at 28 and remained steady at five stations across the country.

The residents along the Teesta River are passing their days in fear due to huge onrush of upstream water. The river was flowing 17cm above the danger level, creating panic among the local residents.

Md Asafuddoulla, executive engineer of Water Development Board of Nilphamari (Dalia Division), told reporters that the char areas along the Teesta River have been inundated due to the rise in the water level of the river.

All the gates of the Teesta Barrage were kept open to tackle the situation, he added.

 The death toll from flood in the country has risen to 136 with another death in Sylhet district in 24 hours till Tuesday morning.

The total deaths were recorded from May 17 to August 2, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

Of the deceased, 76 were from Sylhet, 43 from Mymensingh, 14 from Rangpur and one was from Dhaka division.

Of the victims, 107 drowned in floodwaters, 16 died in lightning strikes, two from snakebites, one from diarrhoea and nine others for other reasons.  Earlier, two rounds of flood caused extensive damage to houses, roads, infrastructure and bridges, disrupting road communications and causing sufferings for people in 18 districts of the country.