Flooding worsens in six districts

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 12 Jul 2017, 00:42:40
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Flooding worsens in six districts

Rivers continue to rise in north
The overall flood situation in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Sirajganj, Gaibandha and Jamalpur districts has worsened further following the gushing water from the upstream and incessant rains, report agencies

 More than 0.38 million people are affected by the flood in the districts.

The flood situation in Sylhet, however, remained static though the Kushiara and Surma rivers were flowing 63 and 62 cm above their danger levels at Amalshid and Sheula points respectively on Tuesday.

According to reports, the water levels of all the rivers, including Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharala, Jamuna and Dudhkumar, in the five northern districts continued to rise due to the onrush of water and heavy rains.

The flood affected some 0.15 million people in five upazilas of Kurigram while 0.1 million in Sirajganj, 50,000 each in Lalmonirhat and Jamalpur districts and 10,000 in two upazilas of Nilphamari district.

The gushing waters have flooded many areas of the five districts and submerged vast tracks of croplands, causing huge losses to the farmers.

In Lalmonirhat, over 50,000 people of the Teesta and Dharala basins were trapped in floodwaters.

At least 63 villages of Hatibandha, Kaliganj, Aditmari and Sadar upazilas remained under water for the past few days.

The water of the Teesta River was flowing 18 cm above the danger level while that of the Dharala above 13 cm above the red mark.

Embankments in Shiberkuti area of Kulaghat upazila and in Dhuni area of Hatibandha broke down as India has opened 54 sluice gates of its Gajaldoba barrage.

To control the water, the Teesta Barrage Authorities have opened 44 gates of the barrage, according to sources at the local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board.

The flood-affected people were suffering for lack of pure drinking water, sanitation, food and shelters.

In Kurigram, fresh areas went under water due to the increase in water levels of all the rivers, including the Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharla and Dudhkumar.

The Brahmaputra was flowing 20 cm above the danger level at Chilmari point while the Dharala 12 cm above the danger mark at the Bridge point.

Over 0.15 million people of over 200 villages in Ulipur, Chilmari, Roumari, Rajibpur and Sadar upazilas were hit hard by the flood.

The scarcity of food and pure drinking water has turned acute in the flood-affected areas.

Waterborne diseases were spreading fast in the flood-hit areas while no relief or medicine reached the victims yet.

At least 80 educational institutions were shut down following the flood, locals said, adding that hundreds of hectares of croplands were inundated.
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