Flash flood washes away 50 houses in Lalmonirhat

Rezaul Karim Manik . Lalmonirhat | Published: 00:54, Sep 20,2019


At least 50 houses were washed away in the past two days as flash flood hit Lalmonirhat after India had opened floodgates at Gajaldoba Barrage on upstream Teesta.

The rivers were flowing below their danger marks on Thursday as onrush of water from the upstream decreased since Wednesday night.

About 70,000 people in 63 chars in the district were marooned by the flood and waiting for the water to recede from their home.

‘I am tired of leaving houses on short notices,’ said Rabeya Begum, a resident of Goddimari in Hatibandha, who had to move to a nearby embankment for shelter after the flood hit suddenly Tuesday night.

Rabeya was unable to take any belongings with her.

‘I don’t have money. I have nothing to eat either,’ said Rabeya adding that part of her house was lost in erosion.

Belal, a resident of Sindurna in Hatibandha got some time to remove furniture from his home before it was eroded.The flood affected people were waiting for relief materials from government but did not have the confidence that it would arrive.

Monwar Hossain, chairman of Singimari union parishad in Hatibandha, said he got no response from higher authorities to his call of emergency relief supplies.

Lalmonirhat deputy commissioner Abu Jafar said that they needed to complete counting and listing of the affected people before they could begin relief operations.

Lalmonirhat saw three spells of flood since July with the first one wreaking havoc for up to three weeks.

The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said that country’s major rivers except for the Surma and Kushiyara continued to swell until Thursday afternoon.

It predicted that the rivers would continue to swell until Friday afternoon.

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