Floods continue to hit the north

August 22, 2014

Thousands of people in the northern districts have been left marooned and are at risk of diarrhea and other water-borne diseases in flood hit areas in the wake of shortage of food and fresh water. Water from upstream continued to flow over Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Bogra, Jamalpur and Sirajganj districts. Flood protection embankments in many districts developed rifts because of strong surge of water.
The flood forecasting and warning centre said the Brahmaputra basin was badly affected by the current monsoon flood.
FFWC in its bulletin on Thursday said all the major rivers were showing a rising trend and Brahmaputra, Jamuna and the upper Meghna are likely to rise over the next three days.
Meanwhile, insufficient relief work were reported from the flood affected areas, but officials of National Disaster
Response Coordination Center said they had allocated ‘enough’ relief materials, and the district administrations were distributing those among the victims.
NDRCC in-charge, Mokkhlesur Rahman, told New Age on Thursday evening that Tk 1.02 crore worth rice of 5,150 tonnes had been allocated till Thursday.
‘We have allocated enough relief materials and district administrations are distributing locally’, he said, ‘We have no report till now about shortage of relief.’
FFWC said Teesta at Dalia, Ghagot at Gaibadha, Brahmaputra at Chilmari, Jamuna at Bahadurabad, Sariakandi and Serajganj, Atrai at Baghabari, Dhaleswari at Elasin, Lakhya at Lakhpur, Padma at Goalundo, Surma at Sunamganj and Kangsha at Jariajanjail were flowing above danger levels on Thursday.
New Age correspondent in Kurigram reported that the flood situation remain unchanged as more than one lakh people of 35 unions of char, island char and low lying areas of the district have been left marooned.
Diarrhea and water borne diseases broke out in some places and a total of 85 medical teams have been formed to provide emergency treatment among the flood-affected, said district civil surgeon officials.
Embankments at Hatia, Bazra under Ulipur upazila, at Biddananda under Rajarhat upazila, at Roumari and Chilmari under Chilmari upazila were damaged on Thursday.
In Rangpur, over 10,000 people in 28 villages under Gangachhara upazila were left marooned for a week while fresh river erosion hit Alambiditor union.
Diarrhea and water-borne diseases broke out in some places of the upazila with shortage of fresh water and dry food.
In Lalmonirhat, people of 40 villages of Lalmonirhat sadar, Aditmari, Kaliganj, Hatibandha, Patgram upazila were left marooned in the flood.
Many of them have taken shelter on the WDB dam and government road, but they were facing food and pure drinking water crisis at these villages.
The flood situation in Jamalpur district deteriorated with 3,000 families worst-hit in Islampur upazila.
A breach developed in the 200-meter of Hargila flood control embankment of Noarpara union of the upazila on Wednesday.
In Sirajganj, the flood situation remain static as over 1 lakh people were left marooned in five upazilas of the district.
With water flow in Jamuna above danger level, river erosion continued in eight kilometers of Chowhali upazila with 200 houses already eroded.

-Input from New Age

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