Flood situation deteriorates in Sylhet region

Dhaka,  Tue,  26 September 2017
Published : 15 Aug 2017, 20:51:44

Flood situation deteriorates in Sylhet region

Cattle rearers of Rangpur UZs facing fodder crisis
Our Correspondent

SYLHET, Aug 15: With continued rains for the last three days the situation in Sylhet has been deteriorating. Rivers in the region also have been flowing above danger marks at all points.

Low-lying areas like Teroratan, Masimpur, Kalighat, Medibag, Shibganj etc had gone inundated as the Surma river was swelling. It was now flowing 45 cm above danger mark at the city while the Kushiara at Sheola was above 69 cm and above 73 cm at its entry point on Amolshid border in Zakiganj upazila, officials informed.

About 20,000 hectares of T-Aman land had gone inundated in Sylhet region during the last few days with rains and hilly waters from the upstream in the Assam and Meghalaya states in India.

In Sunamganj also the situation had worsened with areas like Kazirpoint, Sholaghar, Pashchimbazar, Barpara, Mallikpur, Waizkhali Jalilpur inundated for the last two days while the Surma was flowing 94 cm above danger level at the district town.

Our correspondent from Rangpur adds: Cattle rearers of different flood-affected areas in Gangachara, Pirgachha and Kawnia upazilas under Rangpur district are facing severe crisis in finding feed for their cattle head.

Sources said acute scarcity of fodder has turned into a crisis as grass fields in the flood affected areas, especially in char areas under Gangachara, Kawnia and Pirgachha upazila have been inundated by the recent flash flood caused by heavy downpour and onrush of water from the upstream during last few days.

Cattle farmers of  Kolkond, Nohali, Lakkhitari, Alambiditor, Gajghanta unions  in Gangachara upazila, Tepamodhupur, Haragachh, Balapara and Shahidbag unions under Kawnia upazila while Tambulpur, Chhawla,Kandi and Koikuri unions under Pirgachha upazila are the worst sufferers of the situation.

 "For lack of green grass and the high price of substitutes like hay, oilcake and wheat bran I had to sell some of my cows," said Matin Mia of Soudpara village of Kolkond union in Gangachara upazila.

Owing to shortage of green fodder, prices of hay, oilcakes, wheat bran and other fodders have also increased, it is alleged.

A good number of farmers said that they are forced to sell their cattle at lower prices, as presently cattle rearing has become so difficult for them.

According to sources per maund of hay is being sold between Tk380 to Tk480 in the local market while the same quantity of fodder was sold between Tk280 to Tk 300 before.

District Livestock Office sources said severe fodder crisis has been prevailing in many areas of the district due to flash flood. The crisis is expected to be resolved if flood situation becomes normal and new grasses will start to grow, sources added.
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