Flood-hit people suffer from inadequate food, pure drinking water

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 15 Jul 2017, 21:23:24

Flood-hit people suffer from inadequate food, pure drinking water

Roving Correspondent

JAMALPUR, July 15: A good number flood hit people of Jamalpur, Sirajganj, Lamonirhat, Gaibandha, Bogra, Kurigram and Nilphamari districts are crying for adequate food and pure drinking water from the genesis of the rainy season.

Jamalpur Water Development Board (WDB) office sources said the water of the river is flowing 84 centimetre above danger level from last 24 hours. Around 1, 20,000 people of Islampur, Dewanganj, Melandah, Sarshabari, and Motherganj upazila of the district are confined to water for last five days.

Executive engineer of Water Development Board (WDB) Ruhul Amin said the upstream is increasing day by day in Bahadura ghat area of Jamalpur and over 3,355 families have taken shelter in government places. The people of the area are suffering much for shortage of food and water as the supply is less than demand, he added.

District relief officer Shaharul Islam said, "We have distributed some food and medicine among some 65000 affected people of the noted upazilas but they are seeking more assistance from government organisation immediately."

Water of mighty Jamuna River in Sirajganj is flowing 65 centimeters above danger level across the area and some houses have been dismantled by heavy flood situation at Fuljhore village under sadar upazila of the district. The flood-hit poor people running for food and pure drinking water from door to door. The people complain to the correspondent they got a poor relief during the time.

Besides, water of Ghagore River in Gaibandha is flowing in danger level and over 50,000 people are to suffer the miseries situation. Relief and rehabilitation officer Idrish Ali said, the authority concern have distributed around 90 metric tonne rice and cash Tk 0.6 million among the people. But this amount is trifling to the starving people.

Some 40 metric tonnes of relief has been distributed in Nilphamari district which is very poor amount compared to demand, Abdus Salam under the district.

District education office source of Jamalpur, Sirajganj, Lamonirhat, Gaibandha, Bogra, Kurigram and Nilphamary said, around 560 government primary schools and 120 high schools have been affected with the erosion simultaneously. Over 2 million students are also suffering much as the school authority has already suspended all academic activities. The condition may continue for some days.

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