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Flood, landslides kill eight in Cox’s Bazar

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Flooding and landslides triggered by weeklong heavy downpours killed eight people in Cox’s Bazar district, which also inundated over 200 villages leaving three lakh people marooned, officials and locals told BSS. District administration is launching a drive to evacuee the people living in risk hilly areas as landslides killed one of the eight victims. Over 100 families of Cox’s Bazar Sadar, Ukhiya and Teknaf so far have been shifted to safer places, they said.

Incessant rains since past few days have submerged low-lying areas in Dhaka city and some costal districts causing immense sufferings to the people.  Dhaka city dwellers faced difficulties to meet their daily needs as roads and lanes in low-lying areas were inundated. They were seen to continue their movement during rains.  An official of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said poor drainage are largely responsible for water-logging in the Dhaka city. The Met Office recorded 18mm rainfall in Dhaka city from 6 am to 3 pm, he said.

Most parts of Mirpur, Jatrabari, Shantingar, Demra and Badda went under ankle to knee-deep water paralyzing normal life of the people.  Md Arifizamman Bhuyan, an official of Flood Forecasting and warning Centre(FFWC), said now most parts of the country, particularly Cox’s Bazar, Khagracchori, Barisal, Chittagong, Teknaf are now experiencing incessant downpour due to the influence of depression in the Indian State of Orissa.

“Some areas of Khagracchari and Chittagong are affected by moderate floods in the past few days and we are forecasting flood situation will start to improve with disappearance of depression in Orissa.”  An official of Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said coastal parts of the country are witnessing heavy rainfall as monsoon is active over Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal. The rainfall trend is likely to continue in the next few days and it may submerge some parts of the south and southeastern regions, he added.

“Onrush of water from upstream Indian states mainly causes flooding in the country,” he said, adding flood situation may be worsened in next month. Water levels in 46 river stations monitored by Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) have marked rises and 34 stations recorded falls.  Among the 84 monitored water level stations, four river stations have been registered steady and five river stations were registered flowing above danger level, said a bulletin issued by FFWC said here today.

The Kansha river at Jariajanjail, the Shangu at Dohazari, the Sangu at Bandarban, the Matamuhuri at Lama and Chiringa are flowing above its danger levels by 17cm, 40cm, 85cm, 111cm and 163cm respectively.  Significant rainfall was recorded in some stations in different districts during the last 24 hours ending at 6 am today. A total of 282 mm rainfall were recorded at Cox’s Bazar, 250 mm at Lama, 218.5 mm at Teknaf , 149 mm at Bandarban, 165 mm at Rangamati, 111 mm at Chittagong, 225mm at Chandpur, 126.8 mm at Patuakhali, 117.2mm at Pabna, 116.4mm at Kushtia, 112mm at Bhagyakul, 112mm at Barguna, 90mm at Barisal, 85.4mm at Narsingdi, 84mm at Panchpukuria, 77mm at Noakhali, 72mm at Chaipainawabganj, 88mm at Rajshahi, 86.5mm at Faridpur and 70mm at Brahmanbaria.

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