Thousands marooned in Kushtia, massive crop loss feared 

Emran Hossain | Published: 01:31, Oct 02,2019


Bangladesh has been inundated by waters from the upstream as India opened the floodgates of its Farakka Barrage on Sunday night causing deep distress to thousands of people in Kushtia.

The Padma and the Gorai burst their banks spelling havoc in lower riparian Bangladesh damaging standing crops in four unions of  Kushtia district.

Standing crops on thousands of acres haven submerged and destroyed, AKM Fazlul Haque, chairman, Philipnagar union parishad, Kushtia, told New Age.

He said that one ward in his union had been completely submerged while at least 50 per cent of two others also had gone under the onrush of waters.

He said that at least 2,000 people in the union  have been marooned as their homes had been submerged.

He said that he  received 250 bags of relief materials, each containing rice, sugar, cooking oil and lentil for distribution among the marooned villagers.

He said that the Chilmari and the Ramkrishnapur unions had been completely submerged while Moricha union badly affected by floods.

On Tuesday morning, the Padma was flowing 7 cm above its  danger mark at the Goalondo and the Sureswar gauging stations, said  Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre.

The Gorai River was flowing 5 cm above the danger mark at Kamarkhali.

The FFWC said that the Padma River might continue to swell over the next three days and cross the danger marks at two more gauging  stations at Bhagyakul and the Hardinge Bridge by this morning.

The FFWC had warned on Sunday that heavy rains in the upstream could inundate 13 western, northern and central districts in Bangladesh by today.

Heavy rains caused severe flooding in India’s Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in the fourth week of September killing over hundred people.

India opened all the 109 floodgates of Farakka Barrage Sunday, releasing 55,000 cubic meter of water per second with the obvious result of inundating lower riparian Bangladesh for the 2nd time since July.

Heavy showers lashed Bangladesh on Tuesday causing waterlogging on the streets of the capital and the other cities.

The FFWC recorded the country’s highest rainfall of 190 mm in 24 hours until Tuesday morning at Sunamganj.

The FFWC also recorded extremely heavy to heavy rainfall at Moheshkhola, Dinajpur, Dewanganj, Parshuram, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Rangpur and Ramgarh.

New Age correspondent in Lalmonirhat reported that 118.7 mm of rainfall was recorded in Lalmonirhat in 24 hours until Tuesday afternoon disrupting business and other activities in the district.

He reported that the production of early winter vegetable crops  would suffer if the rains continue for one or  two days.

Bangladesh Met Office recorded 46 mm rainfall in six hours in the capital from midday, much above the normal precipitation for the first day of October.

Less rains is in the forecast from today .

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