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12:00 AM, June 29, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, June 29, 2012

Fresh areas flooded in Sylhet, Gaibandha

Situation in Lalmonirhat, Kurigram unchanged

A woman takes her grandson to a safer place at Koiyagari village in flood-hit Dhunat upazila of Bogra, right, submerged houses at Balashighat village in Phulchhari upazila of Gaibandha district yesterday. PHOTO: Banglar Chokh/Focus Bangla

The flood situation worsened further in Sylhet and Gaibandha while it remained unchanged in Lalmonirhat and Kurigram districts yesterday.
With the rise in water level of Surma and Kushiyara in Sylhet and collapse of an embankment in Gaibandha, fresh areas of the two districts have been inundated.
Meanwhile, Sirajganj town protection embankment is under threat as water level of the Jamuna has marked a sharp rise.
Our staff correspondent from Sylhet reported that more areas in Zakiganj, Beanibazar and Fenchuganj upazilas have been inundated as Surma and Kushiyara rivers swelled further due to onrush of water from hills across the border.
According to the water Development Board control room in Sylhet, Surma was flowing 66 centimetres above the danger level at Sylhet and 155cm at Kanaighat while Kushiyara was flowing 203cm above the danger level at Amolshid in Zakiganj and 97cm at Sheola yesterday afternoon.
Rail communications between Sylhet and Chittagong has remained suspended since Wednesday as a six-metre-long railway bridge collapsed at Bhatiary in Chittagong due to torrential rain on Tuesday. However, Udayan Express will run upto Sitakunda Railway station.
Direct road link between Sylhet town and Zakiganj got snapped after a culvert was damaged on Wednesday.
The flood situation in Gowainghat, Kanaighat, Zakiganj, Companiganj and Golapganj upazila remained static yesterday.
In Gaibandha, a portion of the town protection embankment collapsed at Dash Ani point in Sadar upazila yesterday noon, marooning about 2,000 people of the area, according to our correspondent.
The dyke damaged as Ghagot river crossed the danger mark yesterday. Sources in Gaibandha Water Development Board (WDB) said the Jamuna crossed the danger mark last night, flooding the fresh areas in Gaibandha Sader, Fulchhari and Saghata upazilas.
Cracks developed also in the flood control dyke at Kamajani Bazaar in Fulchhari upazila. Shops at the bazaar and its adjacent areas have gone under water. A bridge on Singria Badiakhali Road in the upazila have been washed away by the surging water of the Jamuna, snapping road link between the upazila and the district headquarters.
Our Sirajganj correspondent says: The town protection embankment is under threat as Jamuna water level has registered a sharp rise.
Water Development Board with the help of Ansars is dumping of sand bags at the hard point to protect the dyke from the onslaught of the river. WDB has also sent a letter to the higher authority to deploy army personnel to supervise the work.
The 2.5-kmTown Protection Embankment was constructed in 1998 at a cost of Tk 285 crore. But it collapsed at several points at several times in the last three years.
Townspeople have been demanding necessary measures to protect the dyke since 2009.
In Kurigram, flood situation in six upazilas--Nageshwari, Kurigram Sadar, Ulipur, Chilmari, Roumari and Rajibpur upazilas-remained static yesterday, reports our correspondent.
The affected people have taken shelter on high land and embankments. Most of the flood hit people are suffering from food, drinking water and shelter for the last six days.
The affected unions are Noonkhawa under Nageshwari upazila, Ghogadah, Jatrapur, Pachgachhi and Moghalbasha unions under Kurigram Sadar upazilas, Begumganj, Shaheber Alga and Hatia under Ulipur upazila, Ramna, Chilmari, Astamir Char and Nayerhat under Chilmari upazila, Datbhanga, Jadurchar and Bandaber under Roumari upazila and Mohanganj, Rajibpur and Kodalkati under Rajibpur upazila.
Our Lalmonirhat correspondent adds: Fflood water has not yet started to recede from the low lying areas in five upazilas of the district.
The badly affected areas are Kurul, Mogholhat, Kulaghat, Bowalmari, Rajpur, Kalmati, Khuniya Gachh, Gokunda, Milon Bazar, Teesta, Etapota villages in Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila, Bongerbari, Sarkerbari, Dahagram, Sree Rampur, Bawra villages in Patgram upazila, Goddimari, Dowani, Sindurna, Dawabari, Paruliya, Patikapara villages under Hatibandha upazila, Bhotmari, Char Kakina, Rudreshwar, Jamirbari villages in Kaliganj upazila and Kadomtola, Balapara, Gobordhan, Balurbandh villages in Aditmari upazila.

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