Rain, flash flood kill 3, maroon thousandsStaff Correspondent
Two people were killed in landslide and another by drowning in two places and thousands got marooned across the country on Monday because of heavy rainfall and onrush of water from the hilly regions.
The deceased were as Kulsuma Begum, 30 and her son Mohammad Kalu, 4, of Madokali at Pekua in Cox’s Bazar and Mohammad Abdus Sattar, 42 of Bhola.
The Met Office in Dhaka, meanwhile, said that heavy to very heavy rainfalls might continue for the next two days in places across the country.
According to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre and the Bangladesh Water Development Board, the Brahmaputra-Jamuna, the Gange-Padma and the Meghna river systems are rising which might continue for the next 24 hours.
The Surma at Kanaighat and Sunamganj, the Khowai at Ballah, the Bhugai at Nakuagaon, the Someswari at Durgapur and the Matamuhuri at Chiringa are flowing above danger mark, flood forecasting officials said.
Thousands of people were inundated because of the heavy rainfall and onrush of water from the hilly regions in places in Cox’s Bazar on Monday.
Kulsuma and her son Kalu died and two other members of the family were injured as the wall of their mud house collapsed at Madokali, the New Age correspondent in the district said, quoting the Pekua upazila council chairman Sefayet Aziz Raju.
Local people said that thousands of houses at Chakaria, Cox’s Bazar district headquarters, Teknaf, Ukhiya and Pekua were inundated by flash flood caused by heavy rainfall.
The Matamuhuri, the Bagkhali and others rivers and canals were also flowing above danger mark.
The Teknaf upazila nirbahi officer, Nazim Uddin, said that about 50,000 people of 20 villages in Teknaf were in a miserable condition as the villages went under 3-5ft high water caused by flash flood, heavy rainfall and high sea tide.
Shahparir Dwip, Jaliapara and Majerpara of Sabrong and Jaliapara of Teknaf municipality were severely affected because of flooding and sea tide as portions of the tidal surge protection embankment at Shahparir Dwip and Jaliapara were washed away, he said. At least stetches of five kilometres of the embankment at Kutubdia Island was also washed away.
Rain water and flash flood that inundated several parts of the Chittagong city eased on Monday, New Age correspondent in Chittagong said.
The Met Office in Chittagong recorded 71mm rainfall on Monday and asked sea ports to hoist local cautionary signal 3.
Earlier on Sunday, many parts of the city went under knee- to waist-high water, straining people life and disrupting traffic.
A fishing boat crewman, Sattar, was killed and five others were injured as they fell victim to rough weather in the Bay on Sunday evening.
Mohammad Abul Kalam, the manager of Chittagong-bound Taiwan flag vessel the FV Blue MT 1, said that they had rescued some people, including Sattar, afloat 300km away from the Chittagong port and sent them to Chittagong Medical College and Hospital where Sattar was pronounced dead.
In Bagerhat, heavy rainfall and high tide from the River Panguchi inundated 20 villages, marooning hundreds of people at Morrelganj in the district.
Road communications between the district town and Sarankhola remains snapped. Aman seedbeds and 50 fish enclosures were also damaged.
The correspondent in Feni said at least 16 villages were inundated and 20 thousand villagers became marooned as embankments on the River Muhuri breached at Parshuram and Phulgazi because of downpour and flash flad.
Crop land and local ponds and fish enclosures in the area were inundated. Regional communications remained sapped as roads went under 3–4ft high water.
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