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4 September, 2015 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 4 September, 2015 01:29:01 AM
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Floods worsen in North

STAFF REPORTER with OUR CORRESPONDENTS
Floods worsen in North
Two children row a boat to move around their village in Sirajdikhan of Munshiganj yesterday as there is no other option for movement given the area is inundated due to incessant rain and a rise in water level of rivers adjacent to district. Banglar Chokh Photo

The overall flood situation in the districts of Jamalpur, Kurigram, Sirajganj, Bogra deteriorated yesterday (Thursday) as different rivers rose. This compounded the sufferings of people already facing scarcity of relief materials.
People alleged that the supply of relief materials was too meagre for their needs. The district administration said they are giving whatever is available and sought more.
According to the Flood Information Centre (FIC), the flood situation in the northern and central regions may worsen in the next 48 hours, while it is likely to improve in the north-east. Around 21 rivers were flowing above the danger level, according to the FIC.
In Jamalpur, the situation worsened as the Jamuna has swollen. At least 1.5 lakh people in seven upazilas have been affected by the floods, caused by incessant rain and onrush of water from the hills, in two phases since August 23.
The Department of Agriculture Extension Office said standing crops on 9,302 hectares in six upazilas out of seven in the district have been submerged -- aus 40 hectares, T-aman 8,750 hectares, T-aman seed bed 93 hectares and vegetables 419 hectares.
During the past 24 hours, the Jamuna rose 20cm and was flowing 39cm above the danger level at the Bahadurabad ghat point at 12 noon yesterday, the Water Development Board said. Abdul Khaleque, chairman of Belgachha Union of the upazila, said nine villages have been inundated, affecting thousands of people. There is also acute scarcity of fodder for the cattle.

The district administration said it has allotted 35 tonnes of rice in Islampur upazila and 20 tonnes in Dewanganj upazila for distribution among the flood-hit families.
In Kurigram, the flood situation deteriorated with the rise of river water, affecting five lakh people of 500 villages in nine upazilas.
Communication has been cut off in these areas as villages and roads have gone under water. About 50,000 people have taken shelter on embankments and roads.
The Dharala was flowing 48cm above the danger level at the Setu point, and the Brahmaputra 13cm at the Chilmari point.
The Department of Agriculture Extension at Kurigram said about 50,000 hectares of croplands in nine upazilas have been inundated.
The deputy commissioner of Kurigram, Nurul Amin, said 250 tonnes of rice and Tk. 2.5 lakh have been allocated for the flood-affected people. The district administration has sent a letter to the ministry of disaster and relief seeking 500 tonnes of rice and Tk. 10 lakh.
In Bogra, the flood situation in Sariakandi upazila worsened due to the rise of the Jamuna and the Bangali rivers, caused by onrush of water from the hills. About 75,000 people of 67 villages have been affected. Besides, around 2,975 hectares of croplands have gone under water, according to the upazila agriculture office.
Around 59 government primary schools, 12 secondary level schools and a madrasa have been flooded, forcing their closure.
The two-week-long floods and heavy downpour have damaged large quantities of seasonal crops, including aman paddy worth around Tk. 450 crore in 10 flood-affected northern districts.
The Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) has sent preliminary reports on the damage to the ministry concerned for post-flood rehabilitation work.
In Noakhali, the embankment in Feni district has collapsed at 18 points, marooning nearly 50,000 people of Fulgazi and Pashuram upazilas. Around 1,300 hectares of aman crops and 1,100 ponds abound in fish were submerged.
New areas like Chitolia, Uttar Saladra, Chanda, Uttar Rashapur and Malipathor in Feni have been inundated.
The chairman of the Fulgazi Union Parishad, Abdur Rahim, told The Independent that some more areas have been submerged in three phases in the upazilas of Feni, as the embankment of the Muhuri river collapsed at two places.

 

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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