Woes persist as flood worsens in seven dists, improves elsewhere

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 16 Aug 2017, 00:32:46 | Updated : 16 Aug 2017, 18:43:15

Woes persist as flood worsens in seven dists, improves elsewhere

Woes persist as flood worsens in seven dists, improves elsewhere
The flood situation continued worsening until 9:00am on Tuesday in four of ten northern districts in the Brahmaputra basin with relief activities geared up further, report agencies.

The flooding deteriorated in Jamalpur, Natore and Sylhet also.

About 1.3 million (13 lakh) people of 500,000 (five lakh) families are affected as the flood situation deteriorated in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra and Sirajganj with slight improvement in Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Rangpur and Lalmonirhat districts.

Two more people drowned in Lalmonirhat district on Tuesday morning, raising the flood death toll to 29 so far.  

Rangpur Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hasan Ahmed said relief activities were intensified further and members of Bangladesh Army, Border Guard Bangladesh and Fire Service were assisting the civil administration and authorities in facing the situation.

According to Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) sources, the major rivers were still swelling, though at a slower pace, and flowing above danger marks at 13 points in Kurigram, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Dinajpur, Bogra and Sirajganj districts on Tuesday.

The floodwater continued receding in Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Rangpur and Lalmonirhat districts, but sufferings of flood-hit people still persisted.

According to BWDB sources, the Jamuneswari was flowing 126cm above the danger mark at Badarganj in Rangpur and Dharla 96cm above the danger level at Kurigram.

The Brahmaputra was flowing 14cm above the danger level at Noonkhawa, 87cm above it at Chilmari and 100cm at Fulchhari while the Ghaghot was flowing 83cm above the level at Gaibandha.

The Jamuna was flowing 133cm above the normal level at Bahadurabad, 117cm at Sariakandi, 135cm at Kazipur and 128cm at Sirajganj at 9:00 am on Tuesday.

The Punorvoba was flowing 55cm above the danger level at Dinajpur, Karotoa swelled by 17cm at Chak Rahimpur in Gaibandha, the Icha Jamuna by 16cm at Phulbari in Dinajpur.

BWDB Executive Engineer for Rangpur Engineer Mahbubur Rahman said the Teesta water level continued falling at all points along its catchment area.

Dinajpur District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer (DRRO) Mokhlesur Rahman said, "Over 1.14 lakh (114,000) families are remaining affected by flood in the district where distribution of 300 tonnes of rice, Tk 11 lakh (1.1 million) and 2,000 packets of dry foods continues."

Gaibandha DRRO Idris Ali said distribution of 376 tonnes of rice and Tk 8.60 lakh continues among flood-hit people in the district where 4,177 persons have so far been shifted to 69 safer shelters.

"Water levels of all major rivers were rising at a slower pace today (Tuesday) while a sharp rise of the Karotoa water level devoured the flood control embankment at Kishamat Cherenga point under Polashbari upazila inundating fresh areas there," he said.

Divisional Director (Health) Dr Mozammel Hossain said 700 medical teams were extending healthcare services to the flood-hit people in all eight districts under Rangpur division.

In Jamalpur the flood situation deteriorated as the Jamuna swelled by 5:00 cm l at Bahadurabad ghat on Tuesday morning.

Around 300,000 (three lakh) people of 40 unions and three municipalities of five upazilas in the district were affected by the floodwater.

Mirza Shamsul Alam, station master of Jamalpur Railway Station, said that the train communication on Jamalpur-Dewanganj and Jamalpur-Islampur routes remained suspended since Monday night.

A total of 20,968 hectares of aman, ropa aman and other crops were inundated by floodwater.

In Natore the flood situation worsened as the water level of the Atrai is flowing 30cm above the danger level in Singra upazila.

Market places, houses, different other establishments and low-lying areas of the district have been inundated by the floodwater.

The flood situation will worsen, if the rise of the water level continues, said Shudhangshu Kumar Sarker, executive engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board for the district.

The government hospital in Nilphamari's Syedpur is operating with basic facilities in waist-deep water while a large portion of the boundary wall of the domestic airport has collapsed after floodwaters started entering the civil aviation compound.If the water level rises further, the hospital may have to be abandoned and flight operations from Syedpur airport suspended.
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