Char inmates shifting furniture to safe place to escape flood in Sariakandi UZ

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 12 Jul 2017, 21:40:18

Char inmates shifting furniture to safe place to escape flood in Sariakandi UZ

Our Correspondent

BOGRA, July 12: Thousand homeless inmates of mighty Jamuna River have started shifting the home based furniture to a safe place from last Wednesday as the flood situation is deteriorating gradually at Cahkortinath Karomjapara char area under Sariakandi upazila of Bogra district.

Erosion by ferocious Jamuna River has rendered 46,420 poor and marginal people of 11,210 families in nine unions of the upazila. With heavy upstream, the banks of the char area has taken a serious turn as the floodwater engulfed over 3500 hectares of fresh crops land including T-Aman, jute, greens and seedbed from last few days.

Bogra Water Development Board (WDB) sources said, the water of the river is flowing above 54 centimetre in danger level from last two days and at least 200 families have been rendered homeless while 27 fruit orchards and over 500 hectares of arable lands were devoured by the river. Several hundred families in the upazila have taken shelter on government roads due to the severe erosion, WDB added.

Aminul Islam, 34, under the upazila, said the affected people of some villages in his union have taken shelter on government roads after losing their homesteads, arable lands and fruit orchards. Besides, the flood control embankment has been badly affected by the erosion from last two days, causing serious sufferings to the people of the river basin villages, he added.

"I am shifting my necessary home used goods and furniture to the safe place as onrush of water from upstream and increasing water level in the Jamuna in every moment." said flood affected man Lokman Hossain of the upazila. He again said, "Besides, several hundred families have shifted their houses due to severe erosion by Jamuna."

District education office source said, around 53 government primary schools and five high schools have been affected with the erosion. Over 1 million students are also suffering much as the school authority has already suspended all academic activities. The condition may continue for some days.

"We have sent a list of some affected families to the district administration for their necessary support," said an official of authority concern. Government has distributed food and drinking pure water among the flood-hit people of the upazila but is not sufficient at all, official added.
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