Flood situation worsens in Bangladesh’s 6 districts

Flood situation worsens in Bangladesh’s 6 districts


The flood situation in Faridpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Jamalpur, Bogra and Munshiganj districts worsened further on Friday, as waters in the rivers flowing through the districts are swelling.Gaibandha Water Development Board sources said the Brahmapurta, the Jamuna and the Gaghat rivers are flowing 91 cm above their danger marks.Some fresh areas were inundated on Friday due to rise in water levels in the rivers. One hundred and 61 chars went under water in four upazilas — Sundarganj, Saghata, Fulchhari and Sadar — of the district.Around 2 lakh families of these chars are passing days in great miseries as they need emergency supplies. Many of them have taken refuge on nearby highlands and embankments.District Health Department sources said 65 medical teams are working in the flood-affected areas. Some 9,000 flood victims have taken shelter in 122 shelter centres. Besides, 3 people drowned in floodwater in the last few days, officials said.

In Kurigram, more areas were flooded on Friday as the Brahmaputra water is surging.Meanwhile, Naru Das, 15, son of Kandura Das of Hatiya union in Anantapur area of Ulipur upazila, died from electrocution when he went to fish in floodwater in the morning, said Abul Hossain, chairman of the union.Mahfuzur Rahman, executive engineer of Kurigram Water Development Board, said the Brahmaputra was flowing 99 centimetres above its danger level at Chilmari point while the Dharala 88 cm above its red mark at Kurigram bridge point.Aminul Islam, in-charge of district flood control room, said 719 villages in 56 unions have been flooded leaving 6.15 lakh people marooned.Besides, around 53.30km embankment has been damaged by floodwater. The number of damaged bridges and culverts has been increased to 29 in addition to destruction of 525.8 km roads.Dr Aminul Islam, civil surgeon of the district, said 85 medical teams are working in the flood-affected areas.Akter Hossain Azad, acting deputy commissioner of the district, said some 675 metric tonnes of rice were allocated for the affected people and 575 metric tonnes have already been distributed.In Faridpur: the flood situation in different parts of the district has taken a serious turn with the Padma River water kept on swelling.Faridpur Water Development Board sources said the Padma was flowing 75 centimetres above the danger level at Goalanda point in the last 12 hours.Some 50,000 people in three upazilas– Sadar, Charbhadrason and Sadarpur–are reeling under floodwater.Besides, academic activities in different educational institutions are suspended as most school buildings in Dicrir Char, Narartek, Aliabad, Gadadhardangi and East Chartepakhola under sadar upazila have been submerged by floodwater.In Jamalpur, seven people, including four children, drowned in floodwater in Islampur upazilas in the last two days, said Upazila Nirbahi Officer Didar A Alam M Maksud Chowdhury.Besides, several villages under 50 unions of six upazilas in the district were inundated by floodwater as the Jamuna River continued to swell.In Bogra, the flood control dams along the Jamuna River are in the verge of collapse at 20 points in Sariakandi, Dhunat and Sonatala as the water of the river is increasing day by day. People are living in fear of flood the river water started entering villages through the dams.In Munshiganj, the Padma River is flowing 41 cm above the danger mark at Bhaggokul point on Friday, said WDB executive engineer Abdul Awal.


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