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Flood hits five upazilas of Lalmonirhat: Over 40,000 people marooned

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Published: Monday, July 8, 2013

Our Correspondent, Lalmonirhat


Heavy downpour during the last three days caused flooding of at least 10 villages in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila. The photo was taken from Ghonimoheshpur village in the upazila yesterday. PHOTO: STAR


Downpour and onrush of water from upstream for the last three days triggered flood in 16 unions of different upazilas, marooning thousands of villagers. More than 60 villages in Teesta and Dharla rivers basins were flooded during the period, said officials of Water Development Board (WDB) in the district.

The water of Teesta was flowing above 12 centimeters of its danger mark at Daowani point in Hatibandha upazila on Saturday while Dharla flowing one centimeter below of its danger level at Kolakhawa point in Sadar upazila yesterday, they said. Around 40,000 people of low-lying areas in Hatibandha, Kaliganj, Aditmari, Patgram and Sadar upazilas got marooned, said the officials.
Lalmonirhat WDB Executive Engineer Enayet Ullah said the water levels of both the rivers are increasing alarmingly and if it continues for the next 24 hours, more than one lakh people might have been marooned.

Meanwhile, more than 10 villages of Thakurgaon Sadar upazila were flooded due to heavy rain for the last three days, reports our correspondent. The villages include Ghonimoheshpur, Kujishahar, Chapati, Madhupur, Nenkapara, Ramnath, Senihari, Uttar Akhanagar, Vatiyapara, Uttara and Gowaldighi.

The rail communication on Thakurgaon-Panchagarh route got snapped as the rail track went under water at Kujishahar village, said locals. Besides, vast tract of vegetable fields in the area were washed away, said Mominul Islam, chairman of Ruhea Union Parishad. Tangon Barrage embankment is now under threat of erosion as the water of the river is increasing its danger level, said locals.

The flood water also entered Collegepara and Hathathbosti areas in the municipality as the town protection embankment partially damaged due to heavy tide. Normal life is being hampered as many roads went under water, said the townspeople.

Deputy Commissioner Mukesh Chandra Biswas and upazila nirbahi officer visited the flood affected areas. The DC said we have already informed WDB authorities for taking immediate steps. Besides, all measures have been taken to assist the flood-hit people, he said.

In Panchagarh, several villages in five upazilas of the district have been flooded due to downpour and onrush of water from upstream.



Source: thedailystar




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