Ten more villages in four upazilas of the district got flooded due to tidal surge in the last two days, affecting over 5,000 families.
The villages are Balaikathi, Shehakathi and Badura in Patuakhali Sadar upazila; Syed Jafar, Katakhali and Auliapur villages in Dashmina upazila, Kapabera and Mirzagaonj villages under Mirzaganj upazila; and Lebukhali and Pangashia village under Dumki upazila.
In Sadar upazila, a flood control dyke collapsed at Balaikathi village in Sadar upazila yesterday, inundating over 500 dwelling houses at three villages of the upazila.
At least 500 feet of a road connecting the 10 villages with the district headquarters collapsed into Shehakathi River at Balaikathi point in Sadar upazila. The lone mosque at Balaikathi village has also gone into the river.
Monoara Begum, 45, a housewife of Balaikathi village, said she couldn't cook food for her family members for the last five days as their house has been flooded by tidal surge. A tin-roofed house owned by one Sufia Begum of the village was washed away.
Aman cultivation on over 2,000 acres of land has become uncertain as saline water damaged seedlings.
Tidal surge under the impact of full moon continued the fourth day yesterday. Many flood-hit villagers have taken shelter at safer places as their houses have been submerged by two to three feet water.
Altaf Hossain Shah Alam, chairman of Balaikathi Union Parishad, has sought relief for the affected people of his union. He urged the local administration to repair the dyke as soon as possible.
Contacted, Md Shafiuddin, acting executive engineer of Patuakhali Water Development Board, said they have already informed the higher authorities of the matter and sought fund for repairing the dyke.