1.5 lakh people marooned in Kurigram
More than 1.5 lakh people in Kurigram district have been suffering for last five days as water of all 16 rivers in the district including Brahmaputra, Dharla and Teesta flowing above danger level.
Water Development Board executive engineer Md Ariful Islam said the Brahmaputra River is flowing 76 cm above the danger level at Chilmari point while 63 cm at Nun Khawa point, and the Dharla River is flowing 73 cm abover danger level at Setu point.
The fresh flood has marooned more than 1.5 lakh people of 35 union parishads under nine upazilas which include Chilmari, Ulipur, Rowmari, Rajibpur, Sadar and Nageswari.
People have been facing severe crisis in lack of dry food and pure water, and also facing problems to feed the domestic animals.
Sadar upazila’s Jatrapur UP chairman Ayub Ali Sarker said about 15,000 people in his union are passing inhuman life as their houses inundated. The flood affected people yet not receive any relief from the governement, he added.
Suruzzaman and Shahjahan of Badlipara area said they are marooned for four days and passing a hard time with family members.
Ulipur upazila’s Saheber Alga UP chairman Siddique Mandal said 25,000 people of his UP inundated.
The district deputy commissioner Md Rejaul Karim said the government has allocated 302 metric tons of rice and Tk 36 lakh for dry food for the flood affected people. The upazila administration will distribute the assistance through chairman of the respective Ups, he added.
Department of Agriculture Extension deputy director Md Mostafizur Rahman said flood has inundated 5,658 hectares of cultivated lands in the district.
Rangpur WDB chief engineer Jati Parshad Gosh said the water would continue to increase for next 5-6 day. The Brahmaputra River may flow one metre above danger level while Dharla and Teesta Rivera may flow 50 cm, he added.