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12:00 AM, June 29, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 29, 2020

Flooding worsens in the North, Northeast

Flood situation in different districts worsened further yesterday as the rivers in these regions -- swelled by torrential rains in the last few days and onrush of water from the upstream rivers -- were flowing above the danger level.

Hundreds of households and vast croplands in low-lying areas were inundated, causing immense sufferings to people.

Many people have left their houses and taken shelter on roads or high safe places. The flood-hit people are passing hard days due to shortage of food and drinking water.

Local administrations in many affected areas have started distributing relief while government officials in some other areas were preparing for relief distribution.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department forecast that light to moderate rains are likely to occur at many places today.

Our correspondents from different districts reported on the flood situation.

In Bogura, the Jamuna was flowing 35cm above the danger level at the Mathurapara point in Sariakandi upazila yesterday noon.

Over 2,725 hectares lands of jute, 1,265 hectares of Aush, 33 hectares of vegetables, 41 hectares of Aman seedbeds, 10 hectares of maize and two hectares of Chili have been inundated.

If the flood water remains for around one week, all the crops will be damaged, said officials of the local administration and agriculture office.

Nurzahan Begum, 45, a resident of Noapara char said, "Water entered our house six days ago. We are passing days without cooking food since then."

In Gaibandha, the Brahmaputra in Fulchori point was flowing 63cm above the danger level around 12:00pm yesterday.

Over 65 hectares lands of jute, 36 hectares of Aush paddy, 11 hectares of Aman seedbeds, 20 hectares of Teel, 51 hectares of vegetables and 20 hectares of peanut in this area went underwater, said local agriculture officials.

In Kurigram, Dharla river was flowing 62cm above the danger level at Kurigram bridge point and the Brahmaputra water was flowing 64cm above danger mark at Chilmari point yesterday morning.

Over 1.5 lakhs people of different upazilas have been marooned. Crops of over 1,792 hectares lands have been submerged.

The district's deputy commissioner Rezaul Karim said some 302 tonnes rice and Tk 36.50 lakhs in cash have been allocated for relief.

In Lalmonirhat, the Teesta river was flowing above 15cm of danger level at Teesta Barrage Point in Hatibandha upazila yesterday.

Water level is rising in all the rivers in the district due to the onrush of water from upstream hills, said local WDB officials, adding all the gates of Teesta Barrage have been kept open to reduce the water level.

Serajul Islam, a flood-hit victim in Dakshin Balapara village in Aditmari upazila, said they had taken shelter on the WDB dyke with their family members and cattle as their house was inundated.

He said they were subsisting only on dry food as they were yet to receive any government relief.

About 50 hectares of Aman paddy seedbed and several thousand hectares of maize, nuts and vegetable fields were submerged, according to local agriculture office.

Contacted, the district's DC said 80 tonnes rice and Tk 8.26 lakhs in cash were allocated for the flood victims.

In Netrokona, the flood situation has worsened in different areas of Kalmakanda upazila yesterday. Some 400 families were marooned in the low-lying areas.

Around 1,000 ponds were also flooded. Crops on 36 acres and aman seedbeds on 14-acre of land have also been flooded.

In Sirajganj, Jamuna is swelling above the danger level from yesterday morning. Over 2.5 lakhs people in five upazilas have waterlogged. A total of 172 flood centre has already opened in five upazilas.

In Thakurgoan, the water levels of Nagor and Kulik rivers were flowing 9cm above the danger level.

About a hundred flood-affected families in Ranishankoil upazila have taken shelter at Ranishankoil Degree College and The Sunrise Kindergarten.

Social distancing and personal hygiene to avoid Covid-19 are hardly being maintained as many of the victims are staying in crowded rooms in the shelter centres.

Contacted, the local UNO said 10kg rice and Tk 500 in cash were distributed among each of the victims.

Our correspondents from Bogura, Lalmonirhat, Pabna, Jamalpur and Thakurgoan contributed to the story.


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