Flood maroons thousands in central districts 

Staff Correspondent | Published at 05:06pm on July 20, 2019

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An elderly flood victim waits on the lap of her daughter in waist-high water to get relief materials at Islampur of Jamalpur on Saturday. -- Focusbangla photo

Thousands have been marooned in central Bangladesh by flood as more than a hundred villages got submerged in water between Friday and Saturday.
The river Jamuna was flowing 12 cms above the danger level at Aricha until 9 AM Saturday as it swelled up by 42 cms over the last 24 hours, said Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre in a bulletin.
Newspaper reports said that 70 villages in five upazilas in Manikganj went under water leaving 70,000 people submerged in flood waters. 
Flooding in Manikganj, Faridpur, Mushiganj and Rajbari would continue to deteriorate over the next 24 hours until 9 AM Sunday, said the FFWC.
A total of 14 rivers were flowing above their danger levels at 21 points along 15 districts, said the FFWC.
The FFWC recorded country’s highest rainfall of 65 mms in 14 hours ending at 9 AM at Latu.
The Met Office predicted light to moderate rainfall at a few places at Rangpur, Sylhet and Chattogram in 24 hours till 9:00am Sunday.
The Met Office recorded country’s highest rainfall of 26 mms at Dimla in Rangpur in 24 hours ending at 9:00am Saturday.
The Indian Met Office in a forecast on Saturday predicted very to very heavy rainfall may occur in Assam, Meghalaya and Sikkim in the upstream for four days from Sunday.
Triggered by heavy rains, flood continued to wreak havoc in Bangladesh for more than two weeks now.
Over three million people have been marooned in 21 flood affected districts and about 60,000 houses were damaged by the flood.
At least 28 people were killed so far as the flood spread from north, north-eastern districts to central Bangladesh over last two weeks.