Tidal surges flood low-lying areas in 5 districts
Low-lying areas in Bagerhat, Jhalakathi, Bhola, Satkhira and Khulna districts have been inundated due to tidal surges caused by the depression over Bay of Bengal.
In Bagerhat, the residents of coastal areas have been affected by intermittent rainfall of the past three days.
The water level of Bhairab, Baleshwar, Panguchhi and Pashur rivers increased by two feet from normal as of September 12 afternoon while water in the Sundarbans was flowing three-four feet higher than usual.
Meanwhile, several fishing trawlers with fishermen have taken shelter at Dublar Char, Narikelbaria and Katka of Sundarbans as the sea is very rough.
Amaresh Chandra Dhali, in-charge of Mongla Weather Conservatory Centre, said the weather office has recorded 21 mm of rainfall in three hours from 6 am to 9 am in Bagerhat.
In Bhola, the water level of many rivers in the district has increased by two-three feet above its normal level, marooning over 20,000 people.
Besides, the ferry services on the Bhola-Laxmipur route have been disrupted as the ghat went underwater.
Abdus Salam, chairman of Dhalchar union in Charfassion upazila, said the union is home to 12,000 people who were impacted as the river water inundated their residence.
Mahbubur Rahman, an officer of Bhola Weather Conservatory Centre, said 38 mm rainfall has been recorded in the past 24 hours till Monday noon.
In Satkhira, the inhabitants of the coastal area of the district have been experiencing showers from yesterday morning triggered by the depression.
Already 200 bighas of fish enclosures have been washed away while 62 km of embankment in 35 points of the coastal areas was at risk of collapse.
Shahnewaz Dalim, chairman of Khazra Union in Ashashuni upazila said, 200 bighas of land have been washed away in the upazila.
Zulficker Ali Ripon, in-charge officer of Satkhira Weather Observatory Centre, said they have recorded 59.7 mm of rainfall in the past 24 hours.
In Jhalakathi, 50 educational institutions, 27 villages and hundreds of houses under the Ashrayan project of Kathalia upazila have been flooded as the water of Bishkhali and Halta rivers was flowing feet above its normal tide.
Besides, the roads along the bank of rivers and Chingrakahli canal dam collapsed, suspending road communications.
Mizanur Rahman, Kathalia Nirbahi Upazila officer, said all the rivers under the upazila have been flowing above normal levels.
In Khulna, the low-lying areas in Paikgachha upazila have been flooded following the collapse of an embankment due to tidal surges yesterday.
Paikgachha UNO Momtaz Begum directed the local municipality to remove the dam. As the dam was not removed, eventually it could not withstand the extra pressure of the tidal surges in Shibshar.
However, Paikgachha Water Development Board Assistant Engineer Md Raju Howlader said they have not built any embankment in Shibshar that was not approved by the Bangladesh Water Development Board.