Thousands marooned in floods

Emran Hossain | Published: 00:00, Jul 12,2019 | Updated: 01:53, Jul 12,2019


Balijuri Nayahati Government Primary School goes under knee-deep flood water following incessant rains for the last few days at Tahirpur in Sunamganj on Thursday. — New Age photo

Thousands of people have been marooned by floods caused by heavy rains in Lalmonirhat, Sunamganj and Bandarban in last three days.

On Thursday, much of Lalmonirhat and a half of Sunamganj were inundated by rapidly swelling rivers.

Fresh areas are likely to be submerged due to heavy rains inside Bangladesh as well as across the borders.

Heavy rains occurred for the fifth day in a row inside Bangladesh as well as in India in the upstream until Thursday.

Weathermen predicted that rains would fall throughout July.

Due to massive onrush of water from the upstream, the border rivers overflowed and breached embankments inundating several areas in Lalmonirhat, Sunamganj and Bandarban.

Small landslides occurred in the hilly regions in Chattogram division but no casualties were reported.

People in the port city of Chattogram had no respite from water-logging. 

At least 35,000 families were marooned in Lalmonirhat as flood waters engulfed much of all the five upazilas in the northern district with the Teesta flowing 20 cm above its danger mark and Dharla –13 cm above its danger level.

Both the rivers breached their embankments at many places rapidly inundating fresh areas.

The Teesta Barrage authorities opened all the sluice gates as the pressure of waters mounted  after India opened the sluice gates of Gajoldoba Barrage.

At least five schools in Char Razpur union in Lalmonirhat Sadar and Goddimari union in Hatibandha were shut down. 

Dozens of other villages in Lalmonirhat were at the risk of being flooded any moment.

New Age correspondent in Sylhet reported that six out of 11 upazilas in Sunamganj had been submerged by flood waters.

Sunamganj sadar, Bhishwambharpur, Tahirpur, Jamalganj, Dharmapasha and Doarabazar are the flooded upazilas in the district. 

Tahirpur and Doarabazar have been cut off from the Sunamganj district town.

Sunamganj district education office said that 10 schools were closed down and the campuses of at least 100 schools had been submerged by flash floods.

Sunamganj Water Development Board executive engineer Abu Bakkar Siddique Bhuiyan told New Age that 186 mm of rains fell in 24 hours ending at 9 AM Thursday in the district town.

‘The Surma River is flowing 186 cm above the danger level in Sunamganj town,’ he said.

Sunamganj district relief and rehabilitation officer Faridul Haque told New Age flood shelter centres were ready to receive flood victims.

He said that the district administration already allotted 200 tons of rice, 2,765 dry food packets and Tk 2.5 lakh for the flood affected people.

The Surma was flowing above the danger at Kanaighat point too.

The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre in its afternoon update said that Teesta, Surma, Kushiyara, Sarigowain, Someswari, Kangsha, Halda, Sangu and Matamuhuri were flowing above their danger levels at least at 13 points.

All the major rivers will continue to rise until Sunday, the FFWC said.

The FFWC predicted that many areas in Netrokona, Sunamganj, Sylhet, Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar would go under flood waters over the next 24 hours.

In next 48 hours, the FFWC said, the Jamuna River would be flowing above the danger level at Bahadurabad .

The FFWC recorded above 100 mm of rains in eight of its monitoring stations in 24 hours ending at 9AM Thursday. It recorded country’s highest rainfall of 182 mm at Moheshkhola.

The Met Office recorded country’s highest rainfall of 216 mm in 24 hours till 6 PM at Sitakunda. It rained 202 mm in Kutubdia during the same time.

The Met Office predicted heavy to very heavy rains across seven of the eight divisions in the country except for Khulna in 24 hours ending at 6 PM Friday.

The FFWC said Cherapunji received 370 mm of rains in 24 hours ending at 9AM Thursday.

New Age correspondent in Chattogram said that many houses were damaged by landslide at Pora Colony, Lalkhan Bazar Thursday morning.

The colony’s inhabitants were evacuated to a government shelter.

About 700 others were evacuated to eight shelter centres opened in Chattogram since July 6.

On Thursday, parts of Agrabad CDA, Badurtola, Prabartak Intersection, Alongkar, Pahartoli, Bakalia, Chawkbazar, Mehedibag, Tin Poler Matha, Jamal Khan, Oxygen, Wireless, Guljar, DC Road, New Market, Amtola, Kadamtoli, Saltgola, Sadargaht, and WASA Intersection have been  water logged.

Heavy rains slowed down loading and unloading at Chattogram Port.

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