22 villages flooded at Naogaon’s Manda
NAOGAON, July 18: At least 22 villages have been flooded due to a breach in a dyke in Bonkura area under Manda Upazila of the district early Wednesday.
Local administration sources said as the Atrai River was flowing over 90 cm of the danger level, so the the villages were flooded.
Due to rain for last few days and onrush of water from upstream; the Atrai was flowing above its danger level since Tuesday last. About 200 feet area of the dyke broke early Wednesday.
Locals alleged though cracks were found on the dyke since Sunday last, officials of Water Development Board (WDB) were not seen. Locals tried to prevent the breach, but the flood water entered inside the dyke.
District WDB sources said though the Atrai was flowing 90 cm above danger level at Jotbazar of Manda Upazila and 57 cm above danger level at Shimultoly of Patnitala Upazila, the situation will improve in the coming days.
Manda Upazila Agriculture Officer Golam Faruk said primarily 829 hectares of Aush paddy land, 60 ha of Aman paddy land, and 750 ha of vegetable land were flooded. If the water flows further, more lands will be flooded.
Manda Upazila Nirbahi Officer Khandaker Mushfiqur Rahman said schools and colleges have been kept open for sheltering flood-hit people. Besides, the local union parishad chairmen and members have been asked to monitor the situation round the clock. Medical teams have been formed and other necessary measures have also been taken.
Executive Engineer of district WDB Sudhangshu Kumar Sarker said about 6,000 people were marooned in Manda Upazila, but there was no report of casualty.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Mahbubur Rahman said the administration is ready to face any situation.