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Flood water receding, thousands of people still marooned

WT24 Desk

Flood waters started receding in some northern districts but several thousands of people still have been marooned and standing crops are likely to be damaged.  Flash flood triggered by heavy rains in Bangladesh and some parts of India inundated low-lying areas of Lalmonithat, Gaibandha, Bogra, Sirajganj, Sunamganj, Sylhet and Netrokona leaving thousands of people stranded and damaging crops on vast of tract of land in those areas, local people and officials told BSS today.

Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, an official of Flood Forecasting and warning Centre (FFWC), said, “The trend of flood situation is improving as flood waters started to recede… Some areas still are under water and I hope that overall flood situation will be improved significantly within next two or three days.” Some northern and northeastern districts have been affected by flood in the second week of June, he said adding “This is unusual as normally flooding is seen at the end of June or July. But floods hit the country too early this year. There might be a link with climate change impact.”

Our Lalmonirhat correspondent reported that heavy rains along with onrush water from upstream regions of India caused flooding in char areas in the district leaving thousands of people stranded and damaging standing crops in those areas. Flood situations in those areas have been slightly improved but many still marooned by flood water, he added. Our Gaibandha correspondent yesterday reported overall flood situation in chars and the river basin of the four Upazilas in the district deteriorated further as the river Brahmaputra marked rise in last 24 hours till Sunday 9 am.

The flood affected unions are Kapasia and Chandipur under Sundarganj upazila, Kamarjani and Mollarchar under Sadar upazila, Fazlupur, Erendabari, Gozaria, Fulchhari and Urya under Fulchhari Upazila and Holdia and Saghata unions under Saghata Upazila.  At least 20,000 people living on the chars of the Upazilas have been marooned creating untold sufferings and their sorrows know no bound.

The standing crops particularly jute and summer vegetable of the chars and river basin areas of the Upazilas went under flood water making the growers worried.  Many flood victims have taken shelter on the nearby flood control embankment and are passing their days miserably with their belongings including domestic animals and poultry birds for want of food and drinking water.  Water levels in 41 river stations monitored by Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) have marked rises and 39 stations recorded falls.

Among the 84 monitored water level stations, two river stations have been registered steady while two rivers are flowing above the danger mark, a bulletin issued by FFWC said here today.  The Jamuna at Sariakandi, the Atarai at Baghabari, the Surma at Sunamganj and the Kansha at Jariajanjail are flowing above their respective danger marks by 9 cm, 0 cm, 25 cm and 49 cm. Flood situation in some areas of Sirajganj and Bogra districts may improve while flood situation is likely to deteriorate in Sunamganj and Netrokona slightly in next 24 hours.

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