Flood maroons 50,000 people in Bogra

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 10 Jul 2017, 21:10:56
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Flood maroons 50,000 people in Bogra

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BOGRA, July 10: Floodwater has marooned over 50,000 people and rendered 10,000 others homeless in Sariakandi, Sonatola and Dhunot upazilas of Bogra district.

With the rivers swelling, erosion has intensified, washing away many homesteads, crops on vast tracts of land and numerous trees in the last two days.

Erosion also poses threat to a number of dwellings in the three upazilas of the district and establishments in different areas of a few other districts.

Sources said some fifteen thousand people of 50 villages in the three upazilas have been suffering a lot. Fifty-three government primary schools and five high schools have also remained closed due to floodwater.

Crops including Aus, Aman seedbed and vegetables on some 3,500 hectares of land had been inundated by floodwater, they added.

River erosion started at different villages in these upazilas on Sunday afternoon, locals said, adding that playgrounds of five schools at Rodgdah village and some houses were washed away by strong current.

The flood-affected families need adequate relief, but they are getting a small amount of relief materials, they added.

"I contacted different government departments to protect the school, but no step has been taken yet," said Abdul Awal, president of a school managing committee.

"Necessary steps will be taken soon to prevent erosion in the area," said an officer. They have already installed 25 tube-wells for ensuring pure drinking water and set up 60 sanitary latrines in the district, he added.

Abdul Mannan, MP said Water Development Board officials assured them of taking necessary measures immediately to protect dykes.

He has also distributed some 20 tonnes of rice among the flood-hit people till Monday, he added.

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