Flood situation deteriorates in four dists

Dhaka,  Tue,  22 August 2017
Published : 14 Jul 2017, 01:19:17 | Updated : 14 Jul 2017, 01:19:27
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Flood situation deteriorates in four dists

River erosion takes serious turn


The flood situation in four districts deteriorated further, reports UNB.

Major rivers in the districts kept overflowing Thursday, leaving two children dead and huge people marooned.

Although the flood situation worsened in Jamalpur, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha districts while it is improving in Sylhet and Moulvibazar districts.

Meanwhile, the sudden decrease in water flow at Teesta and Dharala basins triggered serious river erosion in many areas of Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha districts.

In the last 24 hours, five schools were washed away by the Brahmaputra River, and 18 more have remained at risk in Kurigram and Teesta and Dharala rivers devoured some 63 houses in Lalmonirhat.

In Gaibandha, two children -- Sawpna Khatun of Kamarjani union in Sadar upazila and Pinha of Kabilpur in Phulchhari upazila -- drowned in floodwater on Wednesday night and Thursday respectively.

Besides, river erosion took a furious turn as water level in Bramhaputra and Ghaghat rivers continued to rise over the last few days, witnesses said.

The people of the flood-hit areas have been facing immense sufferings for lack of adequate food, safe drinking water and sanitation.

District administration source said a total of 2,10,000 people of 190 villages in 29 unions were affected by the flood while only 3,000 people took refuge in shelter centers.

Besides, at least 123 primary schools remained closed in four upazilas of the district due to the flood.

In Kurigram, the overall flood situation of the district worsened further as the Brahmaputra was flowing 37 cm above the danger level at Chilmari point while the Dharala 18 cm above the danger mark at the Bridge point.

The water level in Dudhkumar increased by 4 cm, while the flow of the Teesta decreased by 14 cm. The two rivers were flowing slight below their danger levels.

In the last 24 hours, 15 villages went under water afresh.

Eighty-seven medical teams were formed in the district to prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases in the flood-hit areas.

More then 0.2 million people in seven upazilas, out of nine, remained trapped in floodwater for the past few days while at least 150 schools were announced closed for the flood.
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