Nine villages flooded at Char Fasson
15,000 rendered homeless
CHAR FASSON, BHOLA, July 7: Nine villages under Dhalchar Union in Char Fasson Upazila of the district were flooded due to abnormal tide caused by violent wind coming from the Bay of Bengal.
As a result, about 15,000 people of the union have become homeless.
Due to the high tide, hundreds of cattle head of Dhal Char and Char Kukri mangrove forest have been washed away.
A local resident Manju Khandakar said the tide is higher this time than any other times of the year. But, due to strong wind, the tide has become severer.
The strong current has washed away earthen roads in villages. Besides, houses, croplands, and haats and bazaars were flooded. Boatmen rescued some floating cattle head from the sea, but most of those have been missing.
Parul Begum, a union parishad member, said her homestead has gone under waist-deep water, and it is difficult to cook. Children cannot go to school. The cattle head are dying from cold weather while poultry from different farms have been washed away.
Water Development Board (WDB) sources said several villages of the union been affected by the flooding.
Abdul Salam Hawlader, local UP chairman, said due to flooding, they could not attend Juma prayer.
Md Ruhul Amin, upazila nirbahi officer, said communication in the flooded areas has stopped.
Kawsar Alam, executive engineer of WDB (Division-2), said due to the abnormal tide, some areas of the union have been flooded. The local people are in danger as there is no guide dam.