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Major rivers mark further rise

Flood situation in N’dists worsening

By UNB, DHAKA
19th-Aug-2014       
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The overall flood situation in three northern districts-Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha and Kurigram-has worsened due to incessant rains and onrush of water from upstream.
In Gaibandha, the water levels of different rivers, including the Teesta and the Brahmaputra, saw a rise due to heavy rain and onrush of water from hills over the last few days.
At least 50 char (landmass emerged from riverbed) villages in the Teesta and Brahmaputra river basins went under knee-deep to waist-deep water, marooning over 32,000 families.
The flood-affected people are in urgent need of dry food as they cannot cook food.
The district administration sent an emergency message to the Relief and Disaster Management Ministry to cope with the deteriorating flood.
In Lalmonirhat, the flood situation has remained unchanged.
Over 1 lakh char people in Teesta and Dharla river basins have been left stranded in water over the last three days. They are now facing untold sufferings due to the lack of relief materials.
Project Implementation Officer of Hatibandha Upazila Uttam Kumar Nandi told the local journalists that they have already sent the list of flood-affected people to the higher authorities.
He said if the authorities provide them relief, they will distribute those among the flood-affected people.
Water Development Board (WDB) office in Lalmonirhat said the Teesta water was flowing 10cm above the danger level on Monday.
Authorities of seven primary schools adjacent to Teesta in Hatibandha upazila put on hold their scheduled examination on Monday due to flood.
In Kurigram, the flood situation has taken a bad shape with fresh areas going under water.
Onrush of water from upstream rivers in India has inundated 35 unions in the district, marooning over 1 lakh people.
Besides, crops and vegetables on 10 hectares of land were submerged by flood water.
Executive engineer of Kurigram WDB Abu Taher said the water level of Brahmaputra at Chilmari point rose 19 cm in last 24 hours and the river was flowing 1 cm above danger mark at the point.
Dharla was flowing close to danger level at Ferryghat point. However, water level in Teesta at Kawnia point saw a fall while that of Dudkumer river at Nunkhaoa point increased 22 cm.
In Sherpur, the flood situation has remained unchanged with the low-lying areas of bordering Jhenaigati upazila still under water. At least 25,000 people of flood-hit 20 villages have remained marooned. The flood-affected people are said to be facing acute crisis of safe drinking water.
Meanwhile, recently planted Aman seedlings and vegetables on hundreds acres of land have gone under flood water. Surging water of nearby rivers also washed away fishes from ponds.
Officials at the local Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) office said about 60 acres of land adjacent to Bhogai and Chellakhali river in Nalitabari upazila have been covered with thick layer of sand, leaving those uncultivable.

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