Flood situation deteriorates in districts further

Victims face food, drinking water crisis

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:30, Jul 15,2017 | Updated: 00:35, Jul 15,2017

 
 

People try to repair an embankment, which has been damaged by flood water, at Sirajganj Sadar on Wednesday. — New Age photo

Flood situation deteriorated in Jamalpur and Lalmonirhat districts and remained unchanged in other districts while the flood-affected people in remote parts in the northern and north-eastern districts were yet to receive any relief although flood hit the areas a week ago.
New Age correspondents reported that the public representatives were giving excuse of receiving insufficient relief to meet the high demand.
Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said that of the 90 flood situation monitoring points, water-level rose at 57 points, decreased at 27 points while water continued to flow above the danger level at 16 points.
New Age correspondent in Lalmonirhat reported that the overall flood situation in the district worsened further as the Teesta was flowing 54cm above the danger level at Dalia point while the Dharla was flowing 40cm above the danger mark at Dharla Bridge
Sudden decrease in water flow in Teesta and Dharla basins triggered serious erosion in many areas of Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts.
Five schools were washed away by the Brahmaputra River and 18 more remained at risk in Kurigram while the Teesta and the Dharla devoured 63 houses in Lalmonirhat on Thursday night and Friday.
At least 193 educational institutions in nine upazilas were inundated and 129 of them were close for indefinite period. Five schools were washed away by the Brahmaputra, and 18 more remained at risk.
Over one lakh people at 36 villages of Hatibandha, Kaliganj, Aditmari and sadar upazilas in the Teesta basin remained trapped in floodwaters for the past five days.
The flood-affected people were suffering much for lack of pure drinking water, sanitation, food and shelters. People in most of flood-affected areas were also suffering from waterborne diseases.
The overall flood situation in Jamalpur deteriorated as the water-level in the Jamuna River continued to rise, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha reported.
Bangladesh Water Development Board officials said that the Jamuna rose by 3cm and was flowing 87cm above the danger level at Bahadurabad Ghat point.
With the continuous rise of water-level, more fresh areas of Islampur, Dewanganj, Melandaha, Sarishabari, Madarganj. Bakshiganj and Jamalpur sadar upazilas were inundated by the flood water.
District Relief and Rehabilitation office said that the flood affected about two lakh people living at 403 villages of the seven upazilas.
New Age correspondent in Kurigram reported that the overall flood situation remained unchanged although water-level decreased on Friday.
The flood-affected people who took shelter on dyke, highlands and road sides continued suffering from various diseases and hardship in the last nine days.
Many of them were going half-fed or without feed.
Kurigram Water Development Board control room sources said that water of the Brahmaputra was flowing 34cm above the danger mark at Chilmari point and the Dharla was flowing under the danger mark at Dharla Bridge point. 

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