Onrush of water from upstream areas affects over 60,000 families in three Rangpur upazilas

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 14 Aug 2017, 21:24:09

Onrush of water from upstream areas affects over 60,000 families in three Rangpur upazilas

Our Correspondent

RANGPUR, Aug 14: Incessant rain and onrush of water from upstream have caused flash flood in vast areas under Gangachara, Kawnia and Pirgachha upazilas of the district over the last few days.

Over 60,000 families have been marooned while thousands of hectares of T-Aman paddy and vegetable fields have gone under water as swelling Teesta caused flash flood there from Saturday, sources said.

Most flood affected unions include Kolkond, Nohali, Lakkhitari, Alambiditor, Gajghanta in Gangachara upazila, Tepamodhupur, Haragachh,Balapara and Shahidbag unions under Kawnia upazila  while Tambulpur, Chhawla,Kandi and Koikuri unions under Pirgachha upazila.

Thousands of the flood-hit people have taken shelters on highlands, flood control embankments and other institutions and the administrations have started relief activities in affected places.

The flood affected people are now suffering much owing to scarcity of fuel, food, fodder and shelter, sources said.

The homeless families alleged that they have been passing hard days but are yet to get any help from neither the government nor any non-government organisations. A number of affected people said that there seems to be nobody to realise their misery.

"With the hope to earn handsome profit I cultivated vegetables with loan money but the flood has dashed all my hopes," said Sajedul at Soudpara village in Gangachara upazila.

"My house and crop fields have been submerged by flood water from the Teesta river leaving me a pauper, said another flood victim Bachchu, 55 of Char Morneya village under Kawnia upazila.

Besides, a huge quantity of fish from many ponds and other water bodies have been washed away by the floodwater, causing a massive financial loss to hundred of farmers under the flooded area in the three upazilas.

According to affected fish farmers and fishery officials the loss would be over Tk 150 million.

According to District Relief and Rehabilitation office sources distribution of relief has already been started in many flood-hit areas. Union parishad chairmen of the flooded areas have been asked to prepare lists of the affected people to provide them necessary food and other supports.

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