Marooned still without succour

August 23, 2014

Floods unchanged in the north
Flood situation in northern and north-eastern districts remained unchanged as rivers in Brahmaputra and Surma basins stopped rising on Friday after submerging vast areas and leaving thousands of people marooned. The plight of the marooned people in the flood-hit villages was worsening as scanty relief supplies could not satisfy their need. Many of them did not get any relief supplies until Friday.
The flood forecasting and warning centre on Friday said all the major river systems were in rising trend except Brahmaputra and upper Meghna on Friday morning. It said the Brahmaputra and upper Meghna might start falling in next 72 hours and the Jamuna was also expected to start falling after 24 hours.
But the Ganges-Padma and the rivers around Dhaka city are likely to rise in next 72 hours, it added.
According to the centre, on Friday morning Teesta was flowing 2cm above danger level at Dalia point recording a fall of 28cm, Ghagot was flowing 25cm above danger mark at Gaibandha with no change since Thursday, Brahmaputra 8cm above danger mark at Chilmari with a fall of 3cm, Jamuna 36cm above danger mark at Bahadurabad with no change, Jamuna 67cm above danger mark at Sariakandi recording a fall of 1cm, Jamuna 15cm above danger mark at Sirajganj with no change, Jamuna 2cm above danger mark at Aricha recording a 5cm increase, Atrai 82cm above danger mark at Baghabari with an increase of 11cm, Dhaleswari 55cm above danger mark at Elasin recording an increase of 8cm, Lakhya 33cm above danger mark at Lakhpur with an increase of 8cm, Padma 11cm above danger mark at Goalunda with an increase of 7cm, Padma at Sureswar was flowing at the danger level with an increase of 17cm, Surma 10cm above danger level at Sunamganj recording a fall of 13cm, Kangsha 21cm above danger mark at Jariajanjail with a fall of 9cm and Old Surma at Derai was flowing at danger level with an increase of 11cm of water level.
New Age Lalmonirhat correspondent said the overall flood situation at 40 villages of Hatibandha, Aditmari, Kaliganj,
Patgram and Lalmonirhat Sadar upazilas in the district remained unchanged on Friday.
About 80 thousand flood-affected people of the villages were facing crisis of food and drinking water as no relief supplies from the administration or even from any non-government organisations reached them as yet.
District relief and rehabilitation officer Nadim Sarwar said he had informed higher authorities about the situation asking for 100 tonnes of rice and Tk 10 lakh in cash for the marooned people but he got no response till Friday.
Our Kurigram correspondent also reported that the flood situation remained unchanged in the district.
But the 114km flood control embankment was at risk at 26 points because of strong currents in Brahmaputra, Dharla and Teesta. About 200 metres stretch of the flood control embankment at Kalirkura in Chilmari upazila have already been washed away.
Suffering of the flood-affected people in the district increased as relief supplies were far from adequate with many of them passing days half-fed.
Our Jamalpur correspondent also said the flood situation in the district remained static with fall in water level by 1cm.
According to Agriculture Extension Department sources, a total of 9,787 hectares of cropland went under water in the district by Thursday. Aus rice on 180 hectares went under water; seedbed of 30 hectares, ropa aman on 9,143 hectares, vegetables on 295 hectares, sugarcane on 130 hectares and chilli on 9 hectares were submerged.
In Islampur, the worst-hit upazila in the district, where at least 3,000 families remained marooned, relief operation was going on. Local administration was distributing dry food among 100 families each in Kulkandi and Chinaduli unions, said Masumur Rahman, upazila nirbahi officer of Islampur.
Sirajganj correspondent said that the flood situation remained unchanged in the district, but erosion has started devouring houses and croplands in different upazilas in the district and more areas were inundated anew.
Health minister Mohammad Nasim visited Sirajganj and distributed relief supplies among the flood-hit people.
Bogra correspondent said strong currents in Jamuna were threatening 4km stretch of the flood control embankment at Sariakandi though the water level did not increase further on Friday.
New Age Munshiganj and Manikganj correspondents reported that strong currents in Padma were affecting the ferry operation on Paturia-Daulatdia and Mawa-Kawrakandi routes, leading to tailbacks on both sides of the river.

-Input from New Age

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