Bogura flood worsens as marooned people in dire need of cooked food
Flood situation in Bogura district has worsened further as the water levels in the Jamuna and Bengali rivers have increased.
About 1.25 lakh people belonging to 31,342 families at Sonatala and Dhunat upazilas have become marooned due to the heavy rain over the last few days and upstream water from the hilly areas. The flood-hit people have taken shelters on high lands and flood control embankment areas.
According to the Water Development Board, the water level in the Jamuna River increased 10cm in the last 24 hours on Thursday while it was flowing 126cm above the danger level at Mathura point at 3.00pm.
Residents of chars and river bank areas have been passing their days amid intolerable sufferings due to the lack of supply of cooked food and pure drinking water.
The 8-km long flood protection embankment at Sariakandi upazila is under the threat of collapse now. The WDB is dumping sand –laden bags on the embankment to prevent its collapse.
Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Azhar Ali Mondal said the flood has inundated 8,831 hectares of cultivable lands in three upazilas of the district. The administration has stepped up relief operations in the affected areas, he added.
The newly-elected lawmaker of Bogura-1 Sahadara Mannan MP on Thursday visited the flood-affected Chaluabari area and distributed relief goods among the affected people. Upazila Awami League joint general secretary Matiur Rahman Moti, MP Sahadara Mannan’s son Shawkat Hossain Sajal, upazila project implementation officer Sarwar Alam and Chaluabari UP chairman Shawkat Ali, among others, were present at that time.