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13 August, 2017 12:31:29 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 13 August, 2017 11:18:26 AM
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Fresh floods inundate new swathes in north, east

Staff Reporter
Fresh floods inundate new swathes in north, east

New areas of Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari and Sunamganj districts have been inundated by fresh waters as heavy rainfall has occurred in the upstream of rivers in India. The waters of the Teesta are now flowing above the danger level (52.65cm), while the Surma’s water is flowing 73cm above the danger level, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

Dahagram of Patgram, Sanijan of Hatibandha, Gaddimari, Dawabari, Singimari, Patikapara, Sindurna, Kakina of Kaliganj, Bushbander, Chandrapur, Mahishkhocha of Aditmari and Durgapur, Polashi, Gokunda, Rajpur, Mughalhat, Kulaghat and Khuniagach of Lalmonirhat Sadar upazilas under Lalmonirhat district and many areas of 11 upazilas, including Tahirpur and Duarabazar, under Sunamganj district have come under fresh floodwaters.

Some 40,000 people in Lalmonirhat district have been marooned by the floodwaters, local sources said.

Meanwhile, sources in the Met Office said heavy to very heavy rainfall in different parts of the country, especially over the hills of Sylhet and the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), may continue till Wednesday.

“The incessant rainfall over the last five days and upstream water down the Teesta caused the floods. The low areas of five upazilas near the Teesta have come under fresh floods,” Aminur Rashid, the deputy assistant director of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), told this correspondent.

“The flood situation could worsen if such rainfall continues,” said the BWDB executive engineer at Dalia point, Mostafizur Rahman.

The waters of the Surma, Kushyiara, Kashiamara, Rakti and Bolai are showing a rising trend, the BWDB officials said, adding that it could worsen further, since there is likely to be more rain in the upstream.

Most schools and other organisations in Sunamganj district have been shut down because of the floods.

BWDB executive engineer Abu Bakkar Siddique said water is entering the haor areas of Sunamganj and flooding new areas. The flow of water is continuing from the upstream in India’s Meghalaya state.

District relief officer Mahbubur Rahman said they have already allocated three tonnes of rice and dry food to 11 upazilas in Sunamganj.

The rain, impelled by an active monsoon, may continue intermittently till Wednesday. Heavy showers and the onrush of water down the hills across the border have already caused the Jadukata river in Sunamganj to swell. It was flowing 118cm above its danger level on Friday morning.

The Surma, carrying all the extra load of the waters from the Barak in Manipur state of north-eastern India, has been rising steadily. It may continue to rise over the next 72 hours, the FFWC said yesterday. The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Ganges-Padma river systems are likely to rise with the heavy rains across the country.

Our correspondent in Nilphamari adds: Almost all the unions under Dimla upazila and three unions under Jaldhaka upazila in Nilphamari were inundated following the incessant rainfall for three consecutive days. Heavy rainfall began on August -10  in the afternoon and  continued till writing this report yesterday evening. People living inside the flood protection embankment of the Teesta River have already taken shelter on the embankment along with cattle and dry food. No relief materials have so far been sent to the flood affected people in the area. Nilphamari-1 constituency lawmaker Md Aftab Uddin Sarker told this correspondent that arrangement is being made for relief materials and these would be sent to the affected areas soon.

 

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