Incessant rain disrupts normal life for days in Rangpur

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 12 Aug 2017, 21:09:10
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Incessant rain disrupts normal life for days in Rangpur

Vast area of Aus crop fields under water in Jessore
Our Correspondent

RANGPUR, Aug 12: Incessant rain has been disrupting normal life in the district and its adjacent areas over last few days.

Many areas in the city have been submerged with knee-deep water causing misery for the city dwellers. Most of the people have confined themselves inside the room and very few transports are seen in the city streets, demanding higher fares from the passengers.

The attendance of students in schools and colleges has remained also thin.

The day labourers, farm labourers, hawkers and rickshaw pullers living from hand to mouth are the worst sufferers as it has become so difficult for them to find work to earn their livelihood.

Mohammad Ali, In-charge of Rangpur Meteorological Office, said there was around 300 mm of rainfall recorded during last 72 hours in Rangpur.

Heavy downpour has submerged several low-lying areas of the city and its neighbouring areas. The situation has made the lives of thousands of people miserable as most of the low-lying areas have become severely waterlogged due to torrential rain.

Poor maintenance of the canals and drains some of which were narrowed owing to land grabbing has further aggravated the situation, locals alleged.

The most affected areas include Tantipara, Adarshapara, Alamnagor, Hajipara, Jummapara, Kukrul, Honumantala, Khamar, Nurpur, Ganeshpur, Guratipara, Babukhan, New Shalbon, Khasbag, KamaKachna and Kherbari where most of the houses went under water.

According to sources, many city areas have gone under two to four feet water due to heavy rainfall and residences and business establishments in some low laying areas were submerged with rainwater mounting sufferings of the people manifolds.

The affected people are suffering a lot as their houses are now under knee-deep water specially office going people school going students are the worst sufferers.

The hardship of poor people living at the thatched houses has been intensified. The slum dwellers living beside the railway tract are the worst hit by the incessant rainfall.

Meanwhile, standing crops including Aman and vegetables on vast areas have been submerged due to frequent rainfall. Fishes from different water bodies have also been washed away owing to torrential rain.

Our Correspondent from Jessore adds: A vast area including prospective Aus crop field encircled Bhabadah Beel was flooded in heavy rainwater which creates untold sufferings of thousands of people from all walk of life in Jessore district.

According to Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) source, around 3,600 hectares land of Aus crop, 1700 hectares of T-Aman sapling and 550 hectares of vegetables field were damaged in recent flood water under Abhaynagar, Monirampur, Keshabpur and Jessore Sadar Upazila of the district. The rain water also rushed in to government offices in Monirampur and some other places under Jessore area, they added.

Bhabadah Movement Committee (BMC) joint coordinator Abdul Hamid Gazi said, the rain caused water stagnations led sufferings to several thousand people of 100 villages under Bhabadah affected upazilas. He again said, rain water made his family members marooned as there was no dry land near his house.

Besides, stagnation rainwater badly damage Rajarhat- Chuknagar connector several kilometre long road and thousand commuters of the area are sufferings much. Around 5,000 people of Chaluahati union council are affected in floodwater.

Selim Reza, flood affected at Shorkhola area under Nawapara Municipality, said low area went under deep water along with the residence of about 40 others. Besides, 4,500 fish enclosures were flushed away for which the owners had to incur as loss of Tk 350 million across the area, he also said.

The then government constructed sluice gates at the meeting point of Abhaynagar, Monirampur, Keshabpur upazila of Jessore and Dumuria upazila of Khulna and Tetulia of Satkhira are also flooded with recent rain.

 "Due to severe flood visit from last week of July, around 0.4 million people including school, college going students under Abhaynagar, Monirampur, Keshabpur and Jessore sadar upazila are being badly hit in rain water," said Shahidul Islam Milon, panel chairman, Jessore District Council.
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