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Flood situation deteriorated in 16 dist:14.75 lakh marooned

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The overall flood situation in 16 districts deteriorated further on Saturday as major rivers burst their banks amid rains and onrush of waters from the upstream, leaving some 14.75 lakh people in the districts marooned.According to official figures, 14.75 lakh people from around 3.93 lakh families have been marooned in 309 unions of 59 upazilas of the 16 districts.
The 16 flood-hit districts are Faridpur, Bogra, Rangpur, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Sunamganj, Jamalpur, Faridpur, Rajbari, Tangail, Madaripur, Shariatpur, Manikganj and Rajbari.
Fourteen people have died in floods so far with one reported from Rangpur, two from Kurigram, four from Gaibandha and seven from Jamalpur, said Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya at a press briefing at the Department of Disaster Management and Relief here on Saturday.
He said 69 shelter centers have been opened in the flood-affected areas with 7,000 affected people have already taken shelter so far.
Maya said his ministry has already sent 350 medical teams to the affected areas to prevent the spread of waterborne diseases among the flood victims.
Some 13,000 tonnes of rice and Tk 550 crore have been distributed as relief among the flood-hit people, Maya said adding that if the district administration of any food affected district seeks more help his ministry is ready to provide that.
The minister said necessary preparations have been taken fearing the spread of flood in more districts.
In Jamalpur, train service on Jamalpur-Dewanganj route was suspended on Friday night due to flooding and heavy rainfall in the district.
Besides, the rail track on the Jamalpur-Bangabandhu Bridge East Railway Station route may collapse any time due to gushing floodwater.
In Kurigram, over six lakh people were marooned as fresh areas went under water rolling from the upstream and incessant rainfall for the last 13 days.
Mahfuzur Rahman, executive engineer of Kurigram Water Development Board, said the Brahmaputra was flowing 81 centimetres above its danger level at Chilmari point while the Dharala 72 cm above its red mark at Kurigram bridge point on Saturday.
Shawkat Ali, chairman of Chilmari upazila, said 10 villages were inundated as gushing water broke a road at Kanchkol Bazar.
In Faridpur, the flood situation deteriorated in different parts of the district as the water level in the Padma River is rising fast at several points, leaving at least 50,000 people marooned.
The Padma was flowing 96cm over its danger level due to the onrush of water from the upstream and incessant rainfall, said Idris Ali, an official at the Water Development Board (WBD) of the district.
Four unions in sadar and Charbhadrason upazila each, and three unions in Sadarpur upazila are reeling under floodwater, said WBD deputy assistant engineer Jahirul Islam.
The district administration has started distributing relief among the flood-affected people, said Executive Magistrate Rubayet Hasan Shiplu.
In Sirajganj, the Jamuna River was flowing 89cm above the danger level as it swelled by 4cm in the last 24 hours due to the onrush of water from the upstream.
Wali Uddin, Disaster Management and Relief official of the district said, several lakh people of around 16,000 families in 33 unions of Sadar, Belkuchi, Kazipur, Shahzadpur and Chowhali upazilas have been affected by flood.
In Rajbari, the Padma River was flowing 96cm above the danger mark as the level of water has been increased by 21 cm in the last 24 hours near Daulatdia ghat in Goalondo upazila.
Meanwhile, ferry services at Daulatdia ferry ghat remained suspended due to strong current, causing serious traffic congestion on both sides of the Padma River.
In Sherpur, around 30 villages of five unions in Sadar upazila were flooded on Saturday as the water level in the Old Brahmaputra River at Sherpur ferry ghat point marked a rise in the last 24 hours.
Sherpur-Jamlpur highway already went under water and the road communications between two districts might be snapped any time, official sources said.
In Munshiganj, several thousand families in Srinagar, Louhojong and Tongibari upazilas were marooned as new areas went under water.
The Padma River was flowing 50cm above the danger level at Bhagyakul point.
Meanwhile, ferry services on Shimuliya-Kawrakandi route were being disrupted due to strong current in the river, said Shah Newaz Khaled, assistant manager of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC).
In Bogra, the flood situation remained static in 16 unions of three upazilas on Saturday.

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