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04:09 PM, June 17, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 05:37 PM, June 17, 2018

Drinking water crisis in Moulvibazar flood hit areas

People in flood affected villages of Moulvibazar district are facing an acute crisis of drinking water. 

Flood situation in Kulaura, Kamalganj, Moulbibazar Sadar and Rajnagor upazilas have not changed and the people of the areas need more food and drinking water as their houses and croplands have gone under water.

Visiting Palkicherra, Itarghat, Nomoja, Tilokpur villages, this correspondent found many men and women were collecting flood water for drinking and using for household purpose.

Varoti Mura at Palkicherra tea garden in Kulaura of Moulvibazar district told this correspondent that they have been facing safe water crisis in the area.

She said because of the drinking water crisis they are eating only dry food, like bread, flattened rice, puffed rice and molasses. Sometime we get cooked food from relatives who have not been hit by the flood, she said.

Same scene is seen at four upazilas of Moulvibazar district.

Paulush Topno, a resident of Palkicherra and former head teacher of Palkicherra Primary school told this correspondent that they have to go a long way for fresh water and in search of food or relief by walking as there is no boats.

They did not get any supply of food or water, he said adding that government relief didn’t reach the area.

Laloi Begum, 45, a resident of Itarghat village under Kulaura upazila told this correspondent that they are drinking flood water straight away and using it for cooking and other household works.

Harun Mia, UP member in Kulaura upazila said that 99% families are affected in his ward. He got minimum relief in the Eid time. Locals are suffering from various water borne diseases as they have no other alternative but to drink contaminated water, h added.

Ronendro Shankar Chakraborty, executive engineer of Water Development Board’s (WDB) in Moulvibazar, said that last reported, Manu was flowing 145 centimetres above the danger level at Chadnighat bridge in Moulvibazar Sadar upazila and 25cm in Monu Railway Bridge point in Kulaura upazila of Moulvibazar.

The water levels may rise in the next 24 hours, says Shankar Chakraborty. He said, the onrush of water from Indian state of Tripura is adding to the swelling of rivers in addition to the incessant monsoon rains since yesterday.

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