Flood in Sirajganj worsens | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, October 04, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:31 AM, October 04, 2020

Flood in Sirajganj worsens

The overall flood situation in Sirajganj deteriorated yesterday as flood water from the swelling Jamuna and other rivers inundated new areas in the district.

KM Rafiqul Islam, sub-divisional engineer of Water Development Board in Sirajganj, said the Jamuna was flowing 21cm above the danger level at Kazipur point in the morning.

"Water level in the local rivers is increasing slowly and this trend will continue for the next few days," he said.

The official, however, said he was not sure about how long this trend would continue.

Due to the swelling of the Jamuna river, the water level in the Fulzore, Karatoa and other small rivers in the district was also on the rise, Rafiqul added.

Sirajganj is seeing fourth round of flooding this year, with the latest floods hitting the district four days ago.

According to the agriculture department, flooding has so far damaged Ropa Amon paddy on 3,406 hectares, black gram on 931 hectares, winter vegetable on 234 hectares, ground nut on 80 hectares, and green chili on 68 hectares in the district.

Abdur Rahim, district relief and rehabilitation officer, said most of the low-lying areas of Sirajganj Sadar, Kazipur, Belkuchi, Shahzadpur and Chowhali upazilas have gone under.

Five out of nine upazilas of the district have been hit by floods so far.


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