Vast areas of coastal region inundated
Flashfloods caused by incessant rain inundated vast areas in the country's coastal regions in the last couple of days.
The situation may further deteriorate today in Barishal and Khulna, read a bulletin of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).
The report added that the heavy downpour may occur in the country's south-western region.
On the other side, the situation may improve in the Chattogram region, read the bulletin that was released at 9:00am yesterday.
Our correspondents from different districts reported on the flood situation.
In Cox's Bazar, some four lakh people in eight upazilas have been marooned due to the flood. Of them, two lakh are residents of Chakaria upazila, the worst flood-affected area.
The water levels of the Bakkhali and the Matamuhuri rivers in Cox's Bazar raised abnormally due to the rain and hilly water flow from upstream.
Households, farmlands, ponds, business institutions, toilets and tube-wells in Chakaria have been submerged.
Even, road communications collapsed. People were travelling from one village to another by boat.
Many portions of Cox's Bazar-Teknaf raod, Eidgaon-Eidgor road and Ramu-Moriccha road have gone under water.
Flood-hit people have taken shelter at safe places. People are suffering from an acute shortage of drinking water and food.
Few flood protection dams in some places in Chakaria were breached due to excessive water flow from upstream hills, said officials of the Water Development Board (WDB).
"Now, we are afraid that our municipal protection dam may collapse any time," said Chakaria municipality Mayor Alamgir Chowdhury.
People are afraid of a landslide as incessant rain has been continuing since last Monday, said locals.
Lawmakers, government authorities and peoples' representatives of different local government bodies were distributing relief materials among the flood-hit people.
At least 24 people have so far died in a landslide, heavy rains and hilly water flow since Monday in Cox's Bazar.
In Barishal, low-lying areas of Bhola, Patuakhali and Barguna districts have been inundated as the water levels of adjoining rivers have raised due to heavy rains, excessive flow of water from upstream, high tide and gusty wind.
"People of our area are passing hard days as our residents and farmlands have been submerged and fish enclosures have been washed away," said Ershad Machhi, a resident of Dhania area of Kukri-Mukri union under Char Fashion upazila of Bhola.
"The weather is so rough that we cannot go for fishing," said Alauddin Majhi, a fisherman of Tulatuli village in Bhola Sadar upazila.
In Satkhira, low-lying areas in three upazilas have been submerged due to flashflood. Crops and vegetables have been damaged while many fish enclosures were washed away.
"There were around 68,000 fish enclosures in our upazila. Some 70 to 80 percent of them have been washed away," said Moshiur Rahman, the district fisheries officer.
"I cultivated Aman paddy in two bighas of land. But all of my paddies have been damaged by floodwater," said Drubojoti Sarker, a farmer of Munshiganj village in Shyamnagar upazila.
People of some areas are facing electricity outages due to damaged wire by the gusty wind.
Our correspondents from Cox's Bazar, Barishal and Satkhira contributed to this report.