Floodwater damages paddy, jute, veg fields in Jessore

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 07 Aug 2017, 20:45:40
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7,000 families take shelter in 17 centres

Floodwater damages paddy, jute, veg fields in Jessore

Roving Correspondent


JESSORE, Aug 07: A good number of farmers of Keshobpur upazila under Jessore district have been suffering as floodwater damaged T-Aman seedbeds, jute and vegetable fields.

Some 7,000 families have already taken shelter at 17 centres.

Sources from the Water Development Board (WDB) said over 20,000 people of the upazila were confined to water and 120 others became homeless. River erosion, on the other hand washed away houses, farmlands and trees.

Water-borne disease like diarrhoea, cholera and fever have already broke out, causing serious concern among the victims during ongoing heavy rain, said Sakhina Begun, a shelter seeker of Bobanipur village.

District project implement office source said several thousands of people of the district are in difficult situation. Some government primary schools and high schools were shut down.

District administration has already distributed 35 tonnes of rich and cash Tk 0.2 million among the victims.  

Shahida Begum of Tunghore shelter centre in Altapolo area has been living in the centre with her family for the last few days as her house went under floodwater.

Upazila sub-assistant fisheries officer Alamgir Hossain said fish cultivators incurred loss over Tk 70 million as most of the ponds here have washed away in the current flood.

The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office sources said over 1200 hectares of cropland have gone under water.

The authority concerned expressed the hope that flood situation in the area will be improved within a few days.

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