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Flood situation alarming

Thousands marooned in flood-hit dists, major rivers flowing over danger level

Published : Friday, 12 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 252

Flood-hit people in Lalmonirhat going to safer places. The photo was taken on Thursday.	photo: Observer

Flood-hit people in Lalmonirhat going to safer places. The photo was taken on Thursday. photo: Observer

Rain and onrush of water from the upstream have flooded many parts of country over the last 20 hours ending 6:00pm on Thursday.
Exacerbating flood situation was reported from Sunamganj, Sylhet, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Sherpur, Cox's Bazar and Bandarban.
The rivers Teesta in Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat districts, Surma in Sunamganj, Sangu in Bandarban, Matamuhuri and Bankkhali in Cox's Bazar are flowing over the danger levels, marooning thousandes of people, officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) confirmed.
Incidents of landslide occurred in some of the places. Vast swathes of lands were submerged in Dighirpar area of Jhinaigati in Sherpur district washing away households and crops of 25 villages.
However, there has been no report of death so far, Observer correspondents said.
The country is going to experience moderate floods as all major rivers including Jamuna, Teesta, Padma and Ganges in its Indian part are swelling.
It is likely to affect many districts across the country and will last 7-10 days, WDB sources told this correspondent.
Many areas of Sylhet Division, including Sunamganj, Netrokona and Kishoreganj, have already been flooded, as the waters of the Surma and Kushyara are flowing above the danger level.
According to information provided by the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), low-lying areas of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogura, Sirajganj, Jamalpur, Tangail and Manikganj districts are likely to be flooded due to increase in Jamuna waters.
The Teesta is flowing at the warning level and may cross the danger level any time due to heavy rainfall in the upstream in India's Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts, FFWC sources said.
People living in the low-lying areas of Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Rangpur are likely to experience flooding due to swelling of the Teesta.
River waters in Barishal Division, including Bishkhali and Payra, are also rising. Besides, major rivers in Chattogram, Sylhet and Barishal Division, including the Surma, Kushiyara, Kangsha, Manu, Khowai, Feni, Haldha, Matamuhuri and the Sangu, may rise rapidly in the next 72 hours due to heavy rainfall in the upstream in India, FFWC sources said.
According to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) and Indian Meteorological Department, there is a chance of medium to heavy rainfall and in some places very heavy rainfall in the northern, north-eastern and south-eastern parts of Bangladesh, along with adjoining Assam,
Meghalaya and Tripura states of India, in the next 24 to 48 hours.
Also, medium to heavy rainfall may occur in the north-west region and adjoining Bihar, West Bengal and Nepal, according to the BMD.
"All major rivers may rise in the next 72 hours. The monsoon floods have started to hit. It would continue for at least 7-10 day in Bangladesh," Executive Engineer of the WDB Md Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, told The Daily Observer adding, "The country may experience moderate flood this year."
Five upazilas of Lalmonirhat have been flooded by waters of the Teesta and Dharla. At least 6,000 families of charlands have been marooned due to flooding in these areas. Abdul Latif Khan, chairman of East Chhatni Union Parishad of Dimla upazila, said Teesta waters started rising from Monday night. But no areas have been flooded yet.
Excessive rain in the north-eastern part of Bangladesh and adjacent states of India triggered floods in Sunamganj as two major rivers are overflowing.
Flash flood water is flowing from upstream and many parts of the district have already been flooded and road communication has been hampered.
Road to Tahirpur upazila from Sunamganj Sadar has been inaccessible since Tuesday as flood water submerged it at Shaktiarkhola area of Bishwambarpur upazila in the district.
According to the rainfall and river situation report of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), water level in all major rivers is rising and that may continue in the next 72 hours.
The low-lying areas of Bandarban have gone under water trapping thousands of people. Road links between Chattogram and Bandarban-Cox's Bazar remained cut off as heavy downpour flooded the Bajalia area at Keranihat Road, said District Transport Owners Association General Secretary Jhontu Das.
About 8,000 houses and shops in the municipal area have been submerged and about 2,000 people of several unions nearby waterlogged as water levels in Matamuhuri River have risen, according to Lama Upazila Parishad Chairman Mostafa Jamal.
Volunteers using loudspeakers were asking people living at the foot of mountains to move to shelters, he said.
Sadar Upazila Parishad Chairman and District Red Crescent General Secretary AKM Jahangir said Islampur, Kasempara, Armypara, Banani Sawmill, Bus Station, Hafejghona and Balaghata areas have been submerged.
The affected people were being provided with dry food.
Transport workers said traffic movement remained suspended on the Ruma-Thanchi-Roangchhari Road from Thursday morning. No vehicles can move because of water-logging in some places and landslides.
FFWC report says, Surma river is overflowing 41 centimetres above the danger level at Sunamganj point while Jadukata river is overflowing by 78 centimetres at Laurer Garh point in Tahirpur upazila.
Abu Bakar Siddik Bhuiyan, executive engineer of BWDB in Sunamganj, said, "If rain continues, it might cause a serious flood situation in Sunamganj."
The Met department Thursday warned of heavy to very heavy rain in Sub-Himalayan districts of the Indian Part of north Bengal with extremely heavy rainfall in one or two places till Sunday morning.

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