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Flood worsens in 5 N dists as rivers continue to swell

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Star Country Desk


Students cross an inundated area near their house by a raft to go to their school in Jatrapur union of Kurigram Sadar upazila yesterday as fresh areas got flooded due to heavy downpour and onrush of water from upstream. PHOTO: STAR



The flood situation in Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, Dinajpur, Gaibandha and Kurigram districts has worsened as the rivers flowing through the districts further swelled due to downpour and onrush of water from the upstream. Our Thakurgaon Correspondent reports: Fifty villages in five upazilas under the district and several areas of Thakurgaon municipality have been flooded due to heavy rain on Tuesday night and Wednesday and overflowing of the rivers including Tangon, Kulic, Nagor, said the district administration sources.

Over 1,500 badly affected families have taken shelter at safer places at eighteen different centres of five upazilas and the upazila administrations with the help of local public representatives are preparing lists of other flood affected families, DC said. The Ministry of Relief and Disaster Management has provided 100 tonnes of rice and Tk 10 lakh in cash as relief for the flood-hit people. Different social and cultural organisations have also come forward to help the victims.

In Panchagarh, over hundreds of families have taken shelter at 11 different centres of Atwari, Boda and Debiganj upazilas. Over 1000 houses and many culverts in Atwari and Boda upazilas have been damaged by flood, upazila administration sources said. Our Dinajpur correspondent reports: Fresh areas of Biral, Bochaganj and Sadar upazilas of Dinajpur district went under water in last 24 hours.

Thousands of people in Biral, Bochaganj, Birganj, Chirirbandar, Dinajpur Sadar, Khansama and Ghoraghat upazilas of Dinajpur affected as the water of Punarbhaba, Atrai and Ichhamati rivers rose, said sources of Dinajpur Deputy Commissioner’s office. The fish farmers, brick fields and cropland of the affected damaged badly.

The people of affected area took shelter at nearby school, road and river bank with their belongings and alleged that they yet to get any help. Dinajpur deputy commissioner Ahmed Shamim Al Razi visited Dinajpur Sadar, Bochaganj and Biral upazilas yesterday. Cash and food item already sent to the flood affected areas in the district. We are distributing rice among the affected people today he added.



A scene of inundated ashrayan project, meant for sheltering poor people, in Chirirbandar upazila under Dinajpur district. PHOTO: STAR



Md Anwar Hossain, executive engineer of Dinajpur Water Development Board (WDB), said the water level of Punorbhaba rose by two feet on Tuesday and further four inches on Wednesday, worsening the situation.

Our Gaibandha correspondent reports: With sharp rise of water level in Teesta and Jamuna basin areas, at least 35 villages in four upazilas went under water yesterday. According to WDB, the Jamuna River is flowing 17 centimetres above the danger mark at Balashi ghat point and the Teesta River might cross the red mark any time. All the rivers in Gaibandha district continued to swell engulfing fresh areas including croplands and dwelling houses. Four primary schools in Fulchhari upazila are facing erosion threat.

Al least ten thousand people in different char lands of Teesta basin marooned due to onrush of water from the upstream, said Ahsan Habib, upazila nirbahi officer of Sundarganj. In Saghata upazila at least 2000 families have remained marooned.

With the increase of water level, erosion by Teesta and Jamuna rivers took alarming turn at Choyghoria in Sundarganj upazila, Ratanpur in Fulchhari upazila, Hasilkandi and Chinirpotol in Saghata upazila, said Rezaul Mostafa Asafuddowla, executive engineer of WDB. The authority could not take initiative to control erosion due to fund constraint, he added.

UNB adds from Kurigram: Rains and onrush of water from hills in the last 24 hours made all rivers including Brahmaputra, Dharala, Teesta and Dudhkumar swell further, worsening flood situation in seven upazilas of the district. Around 25,000 people have been marooned in the low-lying areas of Nageshwri, Bhurungamari, Ulipur, Chilmari, Roumari, Rajibpur and Sadar upazilas.

The Dharala, the Brahmaputra and the Teesta were flowing 39, 28 and 16 centimetres above the danger level yesterday, WDB sources said.



Source: thedailystar





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