Vast areas of several villages in Habiganj’s Madhabpur upazila were inundated as water entered the areas through the collapsed embankment on the Sonai river due to flash flood triggered by heavy rain and tidal surges yesterday and on Saturday.
Besides, many roads of the upazila headquarters went under knee-deep water, causing immense sufferings to the home- bound people ahead of the Eid.
The situation worsened after a portion of the embankment on the eastern side of the Sonai river collapsed on Saturday.
General Secretary of Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon, Habiganj chapter, Tofazzal Sohel said vast tracts of croplands and vegetable fields in more than 30 villages have been submerged and fish in a number of ponds washed away due to the flash flood.
Flash flood also caused waterlogging in different areas of Habiganj town and submerged many educational institutions, markets and residential areas, he said, adding that people of Habiganj town have long been suffering from waterlogging due to unplanned drainage system and illegal grabbing of the Khowai river.
Locals alleged that unplanned development work and siltation in the Khowai river have prolonged the water logging problem.
Habiganj Water Development Board (WDB) Executive Engineer Tawhidul Islam said many villages have been flooded due to collapse of a portion of the flood control embankment on the Sonai river in Madhabpur upazila.
Away in Brahmanbaria, the contractor of a construction firm has dismantled a bridge on an important road in Bijoynagar upazila that connects four unions and an upazila to reconstruct it allegedly without approval of the authorities concerned.
Although traffic movement was continuing through a diversion road underneath the bridge, sudden onrush of water from the hills in the Indian state of Tripura on Saturday inundated the diversion road, disrupting vehicular movement on Awlia Bazar-Singarbil-Akhaura regional road. The contractor concerned and Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) authorities admitted the fact, they are yet to take any steps in this regard.