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Heavy Rain, Tidal Surges Damage Dykes: 50 Patuakhali villages go under water

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Published: Monday, July 1, 2013

Our Correspondent, Patuakhali



Breach of this embankment under the impact of tidal surges influenced by the full moon and three days of downpour caused massive flooding in Sudhirpur and Nizampur villages of Kalapara upazila in Patuakhali district. PHOTO: STAR


Over 50 villages in different areas under Patuakhali district have gone under water as flood control embankments at different places in Kalapara, Dashmina and Galachipa upazilas got damaged due to pressure from tidal surges during the last several days. Incessant rainfall for a week worsened the situation.

Local met office recorded about 400 MM rainfall in last three days in Patuakhali district. During the last three days, tidal surges washed away at least 500 feet embankment areas on the bank of Ramnabad River in Sudhirpur and Nizampur areas under Kalapara upazila. Water entering through the damaged portions submerged at least eight villages in Lalua union under Kalapara upazila during high tides.

Dakkhin Debpur village in Dhankhali union under the same upazila is also flooded as the local dyke collapsed at four places. At least 20 villages including Syedjafor, Auliapur, Char Ghunee, Bashmaria, Ambaria, Dhodonia, Char Botham, Char Symon, Char Hadi, Char Shahjalal got flooded as dyke collapsed at different points on the bank of Buragourngo and Tentulia rivers in Dashmina upazila.

Over 20,000 people of around 4,000 families have been affected as water entered the villages through the breached dykes, keeping the villages under water for the last four days, said Md Nazrul Islam, former member of Dashmina union parishad.

“Local farmers are worried about their aman cultivation as the seedbeds have gone under water. Besides, fishes from different ponds and ghers (enclosures) have been washed away due to heavy rainfall and tidal surges,” he said.

Md Delwar Hossain, executive engineer of Water Development Board in Patuakhali, said, “We are measuring the areas of damaged dykes to send an estimate to the higher authorities concerned for repairing them as soon as possible.”


Source: thedailystar




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