Flash flood devastate Moulvibazar; 300 thousand marooned

Flash flood devastates Moulvibazar; 300 thousand marooned

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Dhaka, June 16 – The flood in five Upazilas of the northern district of Moulvibazar took a devastating turn on Saturday with flash flood inundating new areas, leaving around 3 lakh people of several hundred villages marooned. Locals said water entered new areas in Rajnagar, Kulaura, Kamalganj, Sadar and Sreemangal Upazilas as the flood control dams along the Manu and Dhalai rivers collapsed in at least 22 points.
The new areas were inundated by gushing water that entered through the breaches in the flood control dams although the water level of the Manu river dropped slightly on Saturday but still remained much above the danger level.
There was no eid joy for the stranded people who were suffering for lack of food, safe drinking water and sanitation. The affected people could not cook even essential food let alone special dishes on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
Many areas went under water in their entirety, leaving no place for holding eid congregation.
The flood caused by heavy downpour in Tripura of India for the few days also threatened the town protection embankment along the Manu river.
The local administration through loudspeakers has asked the residents of the district town to remain alert.
Following the warning, many were seen removing their valuables elsewhere fearing flood.
Sources at the local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board said the Manu was flowing 159cm above the danger level at Chadnigaht of the district down, shedding 16cm.
However, the Khushira River was flowing 40cm above the red mark at Sherpur of Sadar Upazila while the Dhalai 59cm above the danger level at Kamalganj.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh Army has been engaged in the rescue work. A team visited the risky points of the town protection dam on Friday night.
Md Tofail Islam, the deputy commissioner of the district, said the army is working in three Upazilas of the district to tackle the flood situation.
A total of 143 tonnes of rice have so far been allocated for the flood-affected people, he said, adding that Tk 1.80 lakh was also distributed among the victims.

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