Flood death toll reaches 29: Situation worsens in several dists


Themorningbellbd.com desk, August 15: Four more people have drowned in floodwater in Lalmonirhat, Thakurgaon and Netrakona districts as the overall flood situation worsened in several districts while remained static in some others.With this, the death toll from the flood that is mainly raging country’s northern and northeaster regions rose to 29.

Of them, 13 died in Dinajpur while nine in Lalmonirhat, three in Nilphamari, two in Thakurgaon and one each in Netrakona and Sirajganj.

In Lalmonirhat, two people drowned in floodwater in Mogolhat area of Sadar upazila on Tuesday morning. The deceased are Wazed Miah, 46, son of Omar Miah of Jhari Dhorola village, and Aynal Ali, 13, son of Zahir Ali Etapota village.

Around 4 lakh people of 95,000 families in 35 unions of the district were marooned by the floodwater.

In Jamalpur, the flood situation deteriorated as the water level of the Jamuna River swelled by 5cm more at Bahadurabadghat point in the morning, flowing 133cm above the danger level.

Around 3 lakh people of three municipalities of five upazilas were affected by the flood.

Mirza Shamsul Alam, station master of Jamalpur Railway Station, said the train communication on Jamalpur-Dewanganj and Jamalpur-Islampur routes remained suspended since Monday night as the rail tracks in Dhurmut and Islampur had gone under water.

A total of 20,968 hectares of Aman, Ropa Aman and other croplands were inundated by floodwater.

Besides, academic activities of 180 government primary schools came to a halt as those were flooded, said Shahidul Islam, district primary education officer.

Meanwhile, the district administration distributed 48 tonnes of rice and Tk 1.20 lakh in cash among the flood-affected people in five upazilas.

The flood situation worsened in Natore in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning, inundating many areas.

The water level of the Atrai River was flowing 30cm above the danger level at Ferryghat point of Singra upazila.

The residents of Nurullapur area in Lalpur upazila were passing their days in fear as blocks of the flood control embankment along the Padma River collapsed.

In Netrakona, the body of a farmer, Abdul Aziz, 76 of Bir Shidhli village who went missing two days ago, was recovered on Tuesday.

Some 273 primary schools in the district have already been closed as floodwater submerged those.

The water level of the Sumeshwary was flowing 157cm above the danger mark at Durgapur point while 176cm at Zaria point, damaging a vast tract of vegetable lands in low-lying areas in different parts of the district.

In Thakurgaon, the body of a boy who went missing in the floodwater recovered in the morning.

In Kurigram, the water level of the Brahmaputra River rose 1cm inundating 42,351 hectares of croplands and marooning 4 lakh people.

In Bogra, the Jamuna was flowing 114cm above the danger level at Sariakandi point and it was swelling by 1cm per hour, said the local Water Development Board office.

Over 1 lakh people of 89 villages in 14 unions in Sariakandi, Sonatola and Dhunat upazilas were affected by the flood while a total of 4,835 hectares of cropland were inundated.

In Joypurhat, fishes worth Tk5 crore were washed away by the floodwater and 14,000 hectares of paddy field went under water.

In Sylhet, many areas of Fenchuganj upazila were inundated freshly as the Khushiara River was flowing 109cm above the danger line.

Meanwhile, the flood situation in Sirajganj,Faridpur, Dinajpur, Rangpur, Thakurgaon and Nilphamari remained static.

Besides, Manikganj district was affected by flood newly as the water level of the Padma River rose 43cm, affecting 63,000 people of 88 unions and inundating 65 hectares of croplands.

Source: UNB