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Flood affected people of Rohodoha area in Sariakandi upazila, Bogra are moving whatever they can from their inundated houses. The photo was taken on Saturday.

Worsening flood situation brings misery to thousands in northern B’desh

WT24 Desk

As flood situation in different parts of the country has continued to worsen, it has brought misery to several lakhs of people in mainly northern region damaging houses, crops and property, local people and officials said.

Flood situation in different northern districts including Gaibandha, Bogra, Sirajganj districts has continued to deteriorate as well as central parts — Manikganj, Rajbari, Munshiganj and Shariatpur districts as the Bramaputra and the Jamuna rivers have burst their banks due to onrush of rain waters from Indian states of Assam and Meghalay, an official of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre(FFWC) told BSS.

The swollen Jamuna and Bramaputra rivers are likely to deteriorate flood situation in northern and central parts of the country during next 48 hours, assistant engineer of FFWC Sarder Uday Raihan said. “We are forecasting that flood situation across the country will start to improve after two or three days,” he added. According to a FFWC bulletin, flood situation in the north-eastern districts may improve due to the falling trend of water levels in major rivers of the district.

Water levels in 37 river stations monitored by Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) have marked rises and 43 stations recorded falls.  Among the 85 monitored water level stations, three river stations have been registered steady while 23 stations have been recorded flowing above danger level, a bulletin issued by FFWC said here today.  In Bogra, the overall flood situation in the district worsened further leaving nearly 1.5 lakh people marooned as the water level in the Jamuna river has continued to rise.

Due to onrush of waters from the upstream and continuous rainfall, the water level of the Jamuna and the Bangali rivers have been flowing above the danger level and have flooded fresh areas of the district damaging standing crops and arable land. A large number of ponds and water bodies were flooded meaning farmers counted huge losses over fish productions. Classes of many schools and colleges have been suspended, local people added.

Locals and officials said above 1.5 lakh people in Sariakandi, Sonatala, Dhunat, Adamdighi and Shibganj upazilas in the district were marooned and many of them took shelters on embankments and other highlands.  Deputy Commissioner Ashraf Uddin said, “We have already disbursed 70 metric tons of rice and Taka 5.75 Lakh cash among the flood affected people.”

The flood situation deteriorated as result of continuous rise of water levels in major rivers in northern regions leaving over 3.5 lakh people marooned in the Brahmaputra basin.
Framers and officials in the Department of Agriculture Extension have feared more crop losses following inundation of standing crops anew on vast low-lying areas for the second time within a gap of less than one week period in the river basin.

According to sources in the district administrations, public representatives and local people, over 3.5 people have been affected by floodwaters and sporadic erosion continues along riverside areas at places in the affected districts. Many marooned people have taken shelters on highlands, flood control embankments, educational and other institutions and the district and upazila administrations have been conducting relief activities in the affected areas.

In Jamalpur, due to rise of water level in the Jamuna river, overall flood situation in the district has continued to deteriorate. Fresh areas in the district have been inundated affecting over two lakh people under 49 unions out of 68, local and officials sources said.  District Relief and Rehabilitation Office sources said 12 unions in Islampur, 7 unions in Bakshiganj, 8 unions in Dewanganj, 7 unions in Madarganj, 6 unions in Sarishabari, 4 unions in Melandah and 5 unions in sadsar upazila have been affected by the flood water.

Department of Agriculture Extension Office sources said standing crops on 12,963 hectares of land of the district have been submerged by the flood water.

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