Ramgati-Kamalnagar's low-lying areas flooded by tidal water
Low-lying areas of Ramgati and Kamalnagar upazilas in Luxmipur district have become flooded due to unusual high tides in the river Meghna under the influence of Purnima, leaving more than 50,000 inhabitants marooned.
Several hundreds of kutcha houses along with shops have been affected by the tidal waters. Fish of innumerable ponds and enclosures have been washed away by the water. Aus paddy farmland and seedlings have been inundated by water.
Locals said Motirhat, Nasirganj, Kadir Panditerhat, Charjagabandhu, Matabbarhat, Ludhua Folkon and Patarirhat under Kamalnagar upazila and Balurchar, Sujangram, Janata Bazar, Munshirhat, Shebagram, Char Algi, Borokheri, Char Gazi, Char Gozaria, Char Mozammel and Telirchar under Ramgati upazila along the Meghna riverbank were submerged following the onrush of tidal waves of the river Meghna on Wednesday afternoon. The villages were flooded after the easy entry of tidal water due to the collapse of embankment by the Meghna river erosion.
Fish farmer of Char Folkon area under Kamalnagar upazila Sirajul Islam said fish worth Tk 20 lakh of his three enclosures were washed away by the tidal water.
Mohammad Bahar of the same area said fish worth over Tk 1 lakh of his pond have washed away due to tidal water.
Taslim Uddin, trader of Chairman Bazar of Char Abdullahpur under Ramgati upazila and local union Awami League joint general secretary, said the Chairman Bazar and Janata Bazar of the union have gone under 2.5-3.0 feet of water due to the onrush of tidal waves.
He said traders of both the bazars are facing immense sufferings. Besides, shops have been damaged by the water.
Md Kamal Uddin, chairman of the union, said Char Gazaria, Char Mozammel and Telirchar villages have been flooded by the unusually high tides as his union is surrounded by the river Meghna. Several thousands of inhabitants of those villages have become marooned. Apart from damage of the kutcha houses, standing Aman crops have gone under water.
Shajahan Master, panel chairman of Patarirhat union parishad under Kamalnagar upazila, said though the embankment in his area has disappeared due to Meghna river erosion, no step has so far been taken to build a new embankment. As a result, thousands of inhabitants have become marooned whenever any high-tide occurs.
Saheberhat union parishad chairman Md Abul Khair said the low-lying areas of Jagabandhu and Kadirponditerhat villages of his union have been submerged by unusually high tides.
He further said the VGD rice which was kept at his union parishad office has been affected.
Kamalnagar upazila nirbahi officer Mohammad Mobarak Hossain said he visited the areas flooded by high-tides. Affected people would be provided assistance if allocation is received, he said.