Flood water rages on bursting dykes, marooning more people
Published : Tuesday, 16 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 1116
Flood situation is turning bad to worse bursting embankments and marooning tens of thousands of people as the country's four major rivers continued to rise till filing of this report at 10:00pm on Monday.
Major rivers crossed danger marks at 26 more points across the country due to incessant downpours and onrush of water from upstream, the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said in its latest bulletin in the evening.
Around seven lakh people have been affected by flood in Rangpur and its adjoining districts, when continuous river erosion has been pauperising thousands in some areas our correspondents and agencies report.
Educational institutions were closed in the flood-hit areas by the authorities due to inundation of the institution premises and rural roads around the institutions.
The government has intensified relief efforts and planning to undertake rehabilitation plan for river erosion victims.
Officials of Water Development Board (WDB) said the situation worsened in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogura and Sirajganj while remained mostly unchanged in Rangpur, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat during the past 24 hours till 3:00pm on Monday.
Over two lakh people have been affected in Jamalpur as water level of the Jamuna river has increased sharply during the past 24 hours.
District Relief and Rehabilitation Office sources said 29 unions in Islampur, Madarganj, Dewanganj and Sarishabari upazilas were
inundated by floodwater. Low-lying areas of rest three upazilas Jamalpur Sadar, Melandaha and Bakshiganj were also flooded, they said.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Netrakona Ariful Islam said that the flood has so far affected 17,600 families of 217 villages under 21 unions of the five upazilas in the district.
NDC and acting district relief and rehabilitation officer in Gainbandha M Shaheedul Islam said as many as 2,54,066 people of the district got marooned. Over 42,000 flood victims took shelter in 96 shelter centres so far, he added.
The flood situation in Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Jamalpur, Gaibandha, Bogura and Sirajganj districts may deteriorate while the flood situation in Netrokona, Sunamganj and Sylhet districts may remain stable in the next 24 hours, the FFWC said.
The situation in Chittagong and Bandarban districts may continue to improve in the next 24 hours, it added.
Water levels at 68 river stations monitored by FFWC have marked rise while 22 stations recorded fall.
Among the 93 monitored stations, water level at two river stations have been registered steady while water levels at 26 river stations are flowing above danger level, the bulletin added.
All the major rivers are in rising trend. The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Ganges-Padma rivers may continue rising in next 72 hours and the Dhaleswari river at Elasinghat may cross danger level in next 24 hours.
The Surma at Kanaighat, Sylhet and Sunamganj, the Kushiyara at Amalshad, Sheola, Sherpur- Sylhet, the Manu at Manu Rly Bridge, Moulvibazar, the Dhalai at Kamalganj, Khowai at Ballah and Habiganj, the Someswari at Kalmakanda, the Kangsha at Jariajanjail, the Dharla at Kurigram, the Teesta at Kaunia, the Ghagot at Gaibandha, the Brahmaputra at Noonkhawa and at chilmari, the Jamuna at Fulchari, Bahadurabad, Sariakandi, Kazipur, Serajganj, the Sangu and Dohazari at Bandarban are flowing above danger level.
Significant rainfall was recorded at some stations in different districts during the last 24 hours ending at 9:00am on Monday.
A total of 150 millimetres (mm) rainfall was recorded at Dewanganj, 130mm at Bhairab Bazar, 96mm at Gaibandha, 135mm at Durgapur, 109mm at Narsingdi, 92mm at Jamalpur, 120mm at Nakuagaon, 208mm at Kamalganj and 91mm at Jafflong.
Flood situation in the Kurigram district has severely deteriorated as three major rivers - Dharala, Bramaputra and Teesta - are overflowing due to incessant rainfall and onrush of water from the upstream, national news agency BSS reports.
The district administration sources said floodwater inundated 262 villages under nine upazilas of the district leaving three lakh people marooned.
A total of 77 temporary shelter centres have been set up, where nearly 4000 people have taken shelter, they added.
Nagashari upazila was badly affected when an embankment on the Dhudkumar river collapsed, an official of WDB said. Shardoba, Charbarolai and Bangturghat are at risk of collapsing, he added.
Road communications from Kurigram to Bhurangamari have been snapped by floodwater, local authorities said, adding many major roads in Kurigram district went under floodwater hampering smooth movement of vehicles.
District Relief and Rehabilitation Office sources said dry food and rice are being distributed among the people in flood-hit areas. A total of 280 tonnes of rice, Tk 675,000 and 2,000 packets of food have been allocated for the flood victims.
Flood situation in Gaibandha district deteriorated further as the Brahmaputra and the Ghagot registered further rise in last 24 hours till 9:00am due to rush of hilly waters from the upstream and incessant rain.
Fresh areas of the mainland of the district have also been flooded as the flood control embankments collapsed at four points of Sadar and Fulchhari upazilas this morning due to pressure of flood water of the Brahmaputra and the Ghagot rivers.
Two portions of flood control embankment at Baguria area under Sadar upazila and Katlamari area under Fulchhari upazila have been washed away this morning due to the pressure of the Brahmaputra river water.
Apart from this, two portions of flood control embankment at Kutharpara area and Godarhat area under Sadar upazila also collapsed due to the pressure of Ghagot river water this morning.
Due to the collapse of the embankments, flood water entered the houses of the mainland creating untold sufferings to the people.
Hundreds of flood victims have taken shelter on the embankments and higher places including flood shelter centres with livestock and other belongings.
Executive engineer of WDB Mokhlasur Rahman said the Brahmaputra rose by 41cm in last 24 hours and it was flowing 109cm above danger mark at Fulchharighat point of the district.
Floodwater has submerged standing crops on 5,794 hectares of land in 23 upazilas of Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat districts.
Besides, standing crops on 8,603 heaters of land have been inundated by floodwater in 14 unions of three upazilas in Bogura district.
Standing crops on 3,462 hectares of land including Aus paddy on 960 hectares, T-Aman seeds bed on 460 hectares, jute on 1090 hectares, vegetable on 1025 hectares and Chilli on 28 hectares went under flood water in Jamalpur district, official sources said.
Meanwhile, Shipping and Water Resources ministries have opened separate control rooms to monitor the overall flood situation and collect flood-related data.
People are requested to call the Water Resources Ministry's control room dialing 029570028 to get flood related information like riverbank erosion and water level rise in rivers and inundation, said a Ministry official.
The Ministry of Shipping also opened a control room to monitor the flood situation and monitor the current situation of movement of river transports. The control room's phone number is 029515551.