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12:00 AM, July 28, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:51 AM, July 28, 2020

Flood worsens along key rivers

Flood situation in some districts worsened yesterday as a number of rivers were flowing above the danger marks.

Fresh areas in a few regions have been inundated after embankments collapsed by the floodwater.

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In Tangail, the overall flood situation was further deteriorated yesterday as the major rivers were swelling rapidly. Over five lakh people are affected by the devastating flood.

Four people, including three children, have so far been drowned in the district.

The Jamuna was flowing 85cm above the danger level yesterday, while the Dhaleswari and the Jhenai rivers were flowing 163cm and 102cm respectively above the danger level, sources in Water Development Board said.

Many of the flood affected people have taken shelter on the roads and embankment under the open sky. They are suffering from acute shortage of foods and safe drinking water.

Water-borne diseases are spreading in affected areas of the district.

On the other hand, the flood has also wreaked havoc on crops and infrastructures.

Different crops, including Aman and Aush paddies, sugarcane, vegetables and lemon, on 9,733 hectares of land have been inundated so far.

A total of 113 medical teams are working in the affected areas.

Around 755 tonnes of rice and Tk 12 lakhs have been allocated for flood victims.

Besides, Tk 2 lakh for baby foods, Tk 5 lakh for fodder and 8,000 packets of dry foods were also allocated for the victims.

Contacted, the district's deputy commissioner Ataul Gani said the government officials concerned were keeping a vigil eye on the relief distribution process so that the affected people get the assistance.

In Kurigram, 15 villages have been flooded due to the collapse of the Water Development Board's (WDB) dams in Sardob village of Sadar upazila and Burirhat village of Rajarhat upazila.

Ariful Islam, executive engineer of the Kurigram WDB, said heavy current in the Dharla river damaged the flood control dyke in Sardob village while the swelling Teesta wrecked the dyke in Burirhat, deluging 15 nearby villages.

Over 40 houses of these villages have been washed away while a few hundred acres of arable land have gone under floodwaters in these villages.

Shamsul Islam, a farmer from Sardob village, said their houses and properties went underwater after the dam collapsed.

"We have been able to take shelter on high places. But we could not protect any of our valuables," said Zahir Ali Munshi, a resident of the same village.

In Munshiganj, flood situation has deteriorated as the Padma was flowing 80 cm above the danger level at Bhagyakul point yesterday.

Flood has inundated 178 villages under 23 unions of Tongibari, Srinagar, Louhajang and Sadar upazila. Around 34,000 families have been affected by the flood. 385 families have taken shelter in 60 different shelter centres.

Besides, some 1,875 fish farms have been affected by flood in the district, according to officials concerned.

Our correspondents from Tangail and Lalmonirhat contributed to this report.


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