Flood situation in Kurigram, Jamalpur, Rajbari, Sunamganj and Bogra districts deteriorated further on Monday as most of the rivers flowing through the districts continued to swell, UNB reports. In Kurigram, some fresh areas have been inundated due to the surging river waters. Some 3.5 lakh people have been marooned in the district due to flood in the last few days.
The Brahmaputra River was flowing 69 centimetres above its danger level at Chilmari point while the Dharla River was flowing 95 centimetres its red mark at bridge point on Monday morning.
Mahfuzur Rahman, executive engineer of Kurigram Water Development Board, said the water levels in the Brahmaputra River has increased by eight cm, while in the Dharla by 25 cm, the Teesta by five cm and the Dudhkumar by 16 cm in the last 24 hours till Monday.
Besides, 15 houses were washed away following the collapse of an embankment near Jatrapur Bazar while the Char Jatrapur Government Primary School stands threatened. Meanwhile, cracks developed at 10 points of the 200-kilometer long flood control dam along the Brahmaputra, officials and locals said.
Besides, the Kurigram-Jatrapur road went under water, disrupting traffic movement for the last two days. Quoting a government survey, Abdul Mottalib Mollah, an official at the district relief and rehabilitation office, said some 500 villages under 53 unions were flooded and 765 sqkm of low-lying land went under water.
In Jamalpur, the Jamuna River was flowing 63 centimeters above its red level at Bahadurghat point in the last 24 hours, flooding several hundred villages and affecting the academic activities of over a hundred educational institutions.
Flood inundated seven unions in Islampur upazila and five unions of Dewanganj upazila, while an embankment at Rambhadra in Islampur upazila collapsed. In Rajbari, the Padma River is flowing 17 centimeters above its danger mark at Doulatdia ghat point, triggering riverbank erosion in some areas, including Barat union.
The ferry services in Daulatdia-Paturia are being hampered due to strong currents in the river. In Sunamganj, flood situation continued to worsen in Sadar, Doarabazar and Tahirpur upazilas, and haor areas of Jamalganj upazila.
The Surma River was flowing 82 cm above its danger mark at Shologhar point in the district town on Monday. The Water Development Board, meanwhile, recorded 127 mm of rains in the last 24 hours.
In Bogra, flood worsened further in Sariakandi uapzila as the Jamuna River was flowing 45 cm above its danger mark on Monday, leaving over 1 lakh people of nine unions in the upazila marooned.