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Flood situation worsens

Major rivers continue to swell: Road link with Bandarban snapped

Published : Saturday, 13 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 317
Pulack Ghatack

Some people going to their destination in a small boat as Bandarban-Chattogram Road has been submerged by flood water. The picture was taken on Friday.	photo: Observer

Some people going to their destination in a small boat as Bandarban-Chattogram Road has been submerged by flood water. The picture was taken on Friday. photo: Observer

Heavy rains and onrush of water from the upper stream have triggered flooding in most parts of the country, marooning Thousands of people.
Road communications have been disrupted in many areas while river erosion in some areas, including Manikganj, worsened further the deluge situation.
"All the major rivers may continue to rise in the next 72 hours, the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said in its latest bulletin on Friday.
The centre predicted a "rapid rise" of water levels in rivers in Northeastern Sylhet region, greater Chattagram ranging from Feni to Hill Tracts and southwestern Barishal region in the next 24 hours until Saturday.
Water levels in 77 river stations monitored by the FFWC have marked rise while 14 stations recorded fall. Among the 93 monitored stations, one river station has been registered steady while water levels at 12 river stations are flowing above danger level.
"Due to very heavy rainfall, landslide may occur at places over the hilly regions of Chattogram Division," said a bulletin issued by Bangladesh Meteorological Department.
Very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at places over Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Chattogram Divisions during the period," the Met Office added.
Over 200 houses and other establishments went into the gorge of the Jamuna River in the last two weeks as erosion by the mighty river has taken a serious turn in Shibalaya and Daulatpur upazilas of Manikganj.
Fifty dwelling houses in Shibalaya upazila, over 200 houses, including a mosque, a madrasha and a school, in four unions of Daultpur upazilas have already been washed away by the river.
Many more houses, croplands and 15 primary schools in Daulatpur upazila now stand threatened by the riverbank erosion.
A landslide caused by excessive rainfall collapsed a dam in Jamalpur also flooding several villages there while officials said unless repaired immediately, the gushing waters would submerge more areas there.
Disaster Management and Relief Minister Dr Enamur Rahman in a media briefing, meanwhile, said preparedness was underway to handle the situation while a central control room at his office kept a constant contact with officials in the affected areas.
Rahman said gushing waters from upstream region overnight triggered erosion in central Manikganj on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka while efforts was underway to save people and infrastructure there.
He acknowledged that erosion in Manikganj sent a visible signal that the deluge could engulf more areas but added government machineries including the health ministry, armed forces and non-government organizations chalked up coordinated plans to face any situation.
Saidur Rahman, an assistant education officer in Daulatpur upazila of Manikganj, said "Two schools have been engulfed by erosion, hampering the academic activities of over 200 students who are now attending classes under the open sky," he said.
Mamun Hawlader, WDB's sub-divisional engineer oin Manikganj said 6,000 sand bags have been dumped over 120-metere areas in Jionpur and Bachamara unions of Daulatpur to check the erosion.
According to official sources around 40,000 people living in low-lying char areas have been marooned in some parts of Kurigram, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Gaibandha and Lalmonirhat districts in the river basin.
The Teesta and Dharla rivers are flowing above the danger level, marooning over 12,000 families in Lalmonirhat, while hundreds of establishments face the risk of being swallowed by the Meghna.
Water level in all the major rivers in Gaibandha district increased sharply in the last 24 hours. The water level of the Brahmaputra increased by 36 cm, the Teesta by 3 cm, Karotoa by 34 cm and the Ghagot by 53 cm, WDB officials said.
The Water Development Board (WDB) Executive Engineer in Bogura office, Hasan Mahmud, told the Daily Observer that water levels in different points of the Jamuna River the district have been rising alarmingly and it may cross danger levels."
According to officials and residents, continued rains swelled water level in Bandarban's Sangu River cutting off the district's communication lines with rest of the country and affecting as well its internal communication systems.
They said a portion of the Chattogram-Rangamati road near Ghagra's Kalabagan area collapsed due to the torrential downpour; a landslide and culvert collapse halted communication on the Rangamati-Bandarban road. Swelling waters in the Jamuna River affected thousands in the Lalmonirhat and Kurigram districts marooning several thousands and inundating scores of villages and localities.
WDB opened all 44 sluice gates of the Teesta Barrage to avert flood-related casualties as the rise of the Teesta already flooded nearby regions and waterlogged a few thousand people.
The inflated water in the Surma and several small rivers submerged settlements and roads in areas of Sunamganj bordering India with officials saying the flash flood breached over 10,000 homes in the district.
Nearly 100 primary schools suspended their classes considering the security of the children in view of heavy rainfall and deluge in Sunamganj.
Bangladesh Meteorological Department officials, meanwhile, said the shared information they received from their counterparts in the Indian met office suggested that heavy rainfall could lash Bangladesh's northwestern, north eastern and southeastern parts of Bangladesh and their adjoining regions in India's Assam and Meghalaya states in next 24 to 48 hours.
"A total of 165 millimetres (mm) rainfall was recorded at Sunamganj and Rangamati, 155mm at Jafflong, 135mm at Tangail, 130mm at Sheola and 120mm at Dakhinbagh," a met office spokesman in Dhaka told the Daily Observer adding, "The downpours could be more than heavy at places in the next 24 hours,"
According to FFWC, flood situations in areas of Netrokona, Sunamganj, Sylhet, Chattogram, Cox's Bazaar, Bandarban and Lalmonirhat may deteriorate in next 24 hours commencing at 9am Friday.
The major rivers in Chattogram, Sylhet and Barishal division including the Surma, Kushiyara, Kangsha, Feni, Haldha, Matamuhuri and Sangu may rise rapidly in next 24 hours.
The Sungu at Bandarban, the Surma at Kanaighat, Sylhet and Sunamganj, the Kushiyara at Amalshid, Sheola, Sherpur- Sylhet, the Khowai at Ballah are flowing above danger level 177cm, 100cm, 32cm and 87cm, 42cm 13cm and 26cm at 40cm respectively.

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