No sign of flood waters receding

August 25, 2014

There was no sign of flood waters receding in northern districts keeping thousands marooned on Sunday. Caused by water from India in the upstream and rains people in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Rangpur, Jamalpur, Bogra and Sirajganj district remained worst affected by the floods.
The marooned passed more than seven days in extreme misery facing shortage of food and drinking water.
Affected villagers said they were apprehensive of outbreak of diarrhea and other waterborne diseases.
Narsingdi, Gazipur, Tangail, Manikganj, Rajbari, Magura, Munshiganj, Shariatpur, Chandpur and parts of Mirpur and Demra could be flooded by rising waters of Brahmaputra-Jamuna, Ganges-Padma and Meghna, Turag and Balu rivers, said a bulletin of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre.
The Padma was likely to rise in next two days and the rivers passing by Dhaka City were likely to rise in next three days, it said.
The Teesta at Dalia, Ghagot at Gaibandha, Jamuna at Bahadurabad, Sariakandi, Sirajganj and Aricha, Atrai at Baghabari, Dhaleswari at Elasin, Lakhya at Lakhpur, Padma at Goalundo, Bhagyakul, Sureswar, Surma at Kanaighat, Sunamganj, Old Surma at Derai, Jadukata at Lorergarh, Kangsha at Jariajanjail are flowing above their danger levels, it said.
Flooding aggravated in Lalmonirhat on Sunday as the Teesta continued to rise flowing 15 cm above its danger marks on Sunday morning, reported our correspondent.
The floods affected over 80, 000 people in 80 villages many of them getting no relief supplies from the government.
The District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Nadim Sarowar said he received no response from the ministry concerned despite emergency message he had sent four days ago seeking 100 tonnes of rice and Tk 10 lakh.
The overall flood situation remained unchanged in Kurigram with more than 1.5 lakh people in 236 villages remaining marooned.
Although rivers receded slightly the flood situation in the district remained unchanged, said Kurigram Water Development Board officials.
Kurigram Dirtrict Relief and Rehabilitation officials said a 353.25 sqare kilometer area in 53 unions in the district remained under flood waters affecting around 1.5 lakh people.
And some 2,500 families lost their homes and hearths due to erosion by rivers.
Shortage of food and drinking water is acute for several flood affected families yet to receive any relief materials.
District Relief officials said 300 tonnes of rice and Tk 4 lakh were distributed among the affected.
In Bogra also the flood situation remain unchanged in Shariakandi upazila keeping some 10,000 villagers marooned for over a week.
Villagers who had taken shelter on highland are facing acute shortage of food and drinking water, reported our correspondent.
The Department of Agricultural Extension officials told New Age that aman seedbeds and standing crops on about 50,000 hectares had been submerged by flood waters across the country.
Most of the croplands have been submerged in Rangpur, Bogra, Gaibanda, Sherpur, Tangail, Netrokona, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Sunamganj, Laxmipur, Noakhali, Chittagong, Feni and Khagrachari, DAE said.

-Input from New Age

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