Sirajganj flood worsens, thousands marooned in dire need of dry food
Water in the river Jamuna is increasing rapidly due to rise in upstream water with the onrush of hilly water and torrential rain, worsening the overall flood situation in Sirajganj district further.
The water levels were flowing 77cm above danger level at Sirajganj district point and 107cm above the danger level at Kazipur upazila point in the river Jamuna at 3:00pm on Wednesday raising the water during the last 24 hours.
It was stated by AKM Rafiqul Islam, sub-divisional engineer of the Operation and Maintenance Division of Water Development Board.
All the embankments in the district are in good condition now, he said.
Meanwhile, fresh areas have been flooded with the rise of water in the river Jamuna for the second phase. Water has entered 250 villages of 51 unions of the district, submerging homesteads and educational institutions situated at low-lying areas.
Sufferings of some 1, 75,000 mount after they were marooned at their homesteads. Standing crops on thousands of hectares of land have become inundated, causing massive and irreparable losses to thousands of farmers in the district.
The flood-affected people are facing great difficulties with their cattle and poultry. As the flood water is entering the homesteads, people are relocating their cattle and poultry to high lands.
Farmer Rafiqul Mia, who cultivated jute on his seven bighas of land at Natuarpara Char under Kazipur upazila this year, said he could harvest jute from half a bigha of land at the beginning when the flood water was just started entering his land. Jute on rest of the land was affected by flood water. Whatever of the jute was saved, it was completely damaged due to the second wave of flood. "As a result, I'll have to incur a loss amounting to Tk 1.75 lakh," he said.
District Relief and Rehabilitation officer Abdur Rahim said some 1,75,000 people belonging to 35,000 families of the district have become marooned over the last several days. Most of the people themselves have started taking shelter on the nearby high lands and embankments.
Habibul Huq, deputy director of the Department of Agricultural Extension of Sirajganj district, said crops including jute, sugarcane, til, kauns and vegetables of 20,737 hectares of lands have already been inundated due to the flood in the district. Of the crops, jute on 9,940 hectares of land has gone under water.
Deputy Commissioner Dr Faruque Ahmed on Wednesday afternoon said they received an allocation of 400 metric tons of rice, baby food worth Tk 2 lakh, fodder worth Tk 2 lakh and 4,000 packets of dry food.
He said 142 metric tons of rice and Tk 2 lakh 54 thousand have been distributed for the flood affected people through the upazila nirbahi officers.
Besides, some 3.5 lakh water purification tablets, 179 shelters and 33 medical teams have been made standby. The respective upazila committees have been directed to bring the flood affected people to the shelter centres at any cost.