Thousands of people in Netrakona, Kurigram villages marooned
Due to three-day long incessant rain and onrush of water from the upstream, many areas in different districts including Netrakona and Kurigram have been flooded and thousands of people marooned.
NETRAKONA: About 50,000 people of at least 300 villages under 15 unions in Durgapur, Barhatta and Kalmakanda upazilas of the district have been marooned.
Low-lying areas and at least 150 schools in the upazilas went under water.
Since a number of rural roads are under water, communication between villages and upazila and district headquarters has been snapped.
Different rivers including Kangsha, Someswari, Dhonu and Netai are flowing above danger level.
Aman seedbeds in the three upazilas were also flooded.
District administration sources said at least 22 metric tons of rice and 600 packets of dry food were allocated for the flood-hit people.
Local sources said due to the flood, eight unions in Kalmakanda Upazila, five unions in Durgapur Upazila, and two unions in Barhatta Upazila went under water.
Several rural bazaars in Kalmakanda Upazila were also flooded. Besides, people are suffering as some rural roads have also been flooded.
The flood water has washed away fish of over 100 ponds and fish farms. Crisis of fodder has broken out.
At least 196 families of Birishiri and Kakoirgora unions in Durgapur have taken shelter in local shelter centres.
District Primary Education Officer Md Obaidullah said the grounds of 202 primary schools out of total 407 in Kalmakanda, Durgapur and Barhatta upazilas have been flooded. Of those, academic activities at 192 schools have remained stopped as the connecting roads have gone under water.
Kalmakanda Upazila Parishad Chairman and Vice-President of district Awami League Freedom Fighter Md Abdul Khaleq Talukder said, "People of over 200 villages in Kalmakanda Upazila have been marooned for incessant rain and onrush of water from hills. We have visited the flood-hit areas, and distributed dry foods."
Durgapur Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Farzana Khanam said water has entered five unions in the upazila. Locals are panicked as the rural roads of five villages under Kullagora Union are being eroded. As a result, the affected people are rushing to safe places.
After visiting the affected areas, UNO Farzana Khanam distributed relief among 150 families on Birishiri Union Parishad premises on Thursday last.
Barhatta UNO Farida Yasmin said people in at least 12 villages under Raipur and Baushi unions in the upazila have been marooned.
Deputy Commissioner Moin-Ul-Islam said 22 MT of rice and 600 packets of dry food were allocated so far.
ULIPUR, KURIGRAM: Heavy rainfall and rise in water level in the Brahmaputra and Teesta rivers have caused flood in Uilpur Upazila of the district.
At least 11,000 people of 49 villages under nine unions in the upazila have been marooned. Aman seedbeds and jute and vegetable fields have gone under water.
The Teesta was flowing under danger level at 5pm on Friday, but the Brahmaputra was flowing 6 centimetres above the danger level at Chilmari point.
The erosion by the Teesta and the Brahmaputra rivers has destroyed hundreds of houses within a week.
Doldolia Union Parishad Chairman Atiar Rahman Munshi said, about 1,000 people were marooned in Char Karpura, Char Mohadeb and five more villages. Government has not given any relief to the flood-hit people.
Upazila Project Implementation Office sources said 1,500 people in five villages of Thetrai Union, 600 people of four villages in Gunaigachh Union, 2,100 people of six villages in Bajra Union of the Teesta River basin, and 2,500 people of 13 villages in Alga Union, 1,200 people of nine villages in Begumganj Union, 1,000 people of five villages in Hatia Union, 1,400 people of four villages in Buraburi Union of the Brahmaputra River basin were marooned.
At least 10 metric tons of rice was allocated for the people, and it is not enough according to the requirement.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Abdul Kader said the list of the flood-hit people has been sent to the higher authority.