Flooding worsens in north
Army deployed in Sirajganj, victims face scarcity of food, drinking water, medicineStaff Correspondent
Flooding in the north worsened with several hundred villages being inundated, marooning tens of thousands of people whilst flooding in the north-east improved slightly.
The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said the flood situation in the north-east was likely to improve while the flood situation in the Brahmaputra and the Jamuna river basin might deteriorate in the next 24 hours with the Brahmaputra-Jamuna, the Ganges-Padma and the Meghna river systems rising.
The flood forecasting centre also said that the river systems might continue to swell in the next 48 hours.
The height of 34 out of the 73 rivers the flood forecasting centre monitors kept increasing on Saturday while the height declined in 37 rivers whereas. The height of 43 out of the 73 rivers increased on Friday, 26 rivers falling.
Tens of thousands of people in the flood-hit areas were, meanwhile, living in makeshift shelters and on roads and embankments amidst untold miseries with scarcity of foods, medicines and drinking water.
The daily bulletin of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said the the Brahmaputra at Noonkhawa was flowing 29cm above danger mark and at Chilmari 28cm above, the Dharla at Kurigram 20cm above, the Jamuna at Bahadurabad 83cm above and at Sirajganj 10cm above and the Ghagat at Gaibandha 45cm above at 6:00am on Saturday.
The Surma at Kanaighat was flowing 147cm above danger mark and at Sylhet 61cm above, and at Sunamganj 55cm above, the Kushiyara at Amlashid 194cm above, at Sheola 95cm above and at Sherpur 15cm abovve and the Kangsa at Jariajanjail was flowing 32cm above danger mark at 6:00am, the flood forecasting centre said.
The New Age correspondent in Kurigram reported that all of the 16 rivers in district swelled on Saturday, worsening the flooding, with fresh areas being inundated.
Twenty more villages of Mohongani at Rajibpur were inundated in the past 24 hours. Most of the roads were damaged, snapping road communications with the upazila headquarters.
The Roumari upazila food controller, Samsul Alam, said that the Roumari-Rajibpur Road was damaged, suspending vehicle movement to Dhaka.
Flood water entered the compounds of the upazila council and other government offices as the embankment was damaged.
The flood-hit people were faced with shortage of drinking water, fuel and fodder for their cattle. Several hundred houses, river landing points, shops and mosques were damaged by flood water in the past few days.
The correspondent in Lalmonirhat said that the flooding in eight villages of three unions in the Lalmonirhat district headquarters worsened although the flooding in 35 other villages improved.
The flood hits people are facing acute shortage of food and water in the affected villages.
The correspondent in Sirajganj reported that about 60,000 people of at least 50 villages by the flood control embankment in the district headquarters, Shahzadpur, Chouhali and Kazipur had been marooned for the past three days, with the flooding in the district worsening.
A 90m stretch of the newly constructed Chouhali flood control embankment breached on Saturday morning. Erosion also began in some areas to the west of the Bangabandhu Bridge Guide Embankment.
Aarmy personnel were deployed along with the Bangladesh Water Development Board officials at the Sirajganj Town Protection Embankment as the hard point of the Sirajganj town protection embankment in the River Jamuna stood threatened.
The correspondent in Sylhet said that flooding that marooned several lakh people in the district had slightly improved with the height of the Surma and the Kushiyara river declining by 14cm to 81cm in the past 24 hours although the rivers were still flowing 31cm to 124cm above danger mark.
Local people said that they were faced with shortage of food, medicine and drinking water. The civil surgeon, Kamrul Hasan, said that 49 medical teams were providing the flood-hit people of the district with treatment.
The correspondent in Cox’s Bazar said that the affected people were faced with shortage of food and drinking water. Five hundred and forty tonnes of rice and Tk 30 lakh have so far be allocated for the affected people.
The district administration and district disaster management and relief officials said that the flooding in the district caused a loss of an estimated Tk 300 crore.
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