Floods in Gaibandha continues to worsen as water levels of three major rivers in the district has been increasing. The rising water has inundated an upazila health complex in the district as well.
Gobindaganj Upazila Health Complex has been flooded for the last two days as nearby Karatoa river swelled.
Patients, attendants, doctors, nurses, and other staff members are suffering in the crisis. OPD and emergency health services have been moved to the second floor.
Md Mozidul Islam, upazila health and family planning officer, also in-charge of the heath complex said, "We still have 70 patients admitted to the hospital. OPD and emergency units have ben shifted from the ground floor."
Karatoa river is flowing 98 cm above danger level at Katakhali point, Ghaghot river is flowing 8 cm above danger level at the Gaibandha point. Water level of Brahmaputra too is increasing but fortunately continues to flow 17cm below the danger level at Fulchari point, according to Water Development Board, Gaibandha.
All seven upazilas in the district have been affected by floods and more than 7,000 hectares of cropland have been inundated.
Md Masudur Rahman, deputy director of Department of Agriculture Extension, Gaibandha said, "7,195 hectares of cropland--6780 hectares of Aman paddy, 370 hectares of vegetables and 45 hectares of black gram---have been inundated in the seven upazilas."
Heavy rain and the onrush of water is the reason behind floods in Gaibandha, said Md Mokhlesur Rahman, executive engineer of the WDB, Gaibandha.