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Flood spreading in central region

22 June 2022

Staff Reporter :
Though the flood situation in the north and northeast of the country is improving slowly, floods are spreading in the central region.
A total of 40 people have died in the flood-hit areas due to diarrhohea, snake bites, drowning, landslides and other reasons across the country. Of them, 22 died in Sylhet division and 18 in Mymensingh division.
In Sylhet division, 14 died in Sylhet district, five in Habiganj and three in Moulvibazar.
Meanwhile, the ongoing floods have so far affected the Aus paddy of around 56,000 hectares of land across the country.
People in flood-hit districts are in an immense sufferings due to lack of adequate food, pure drinking water and medicine.
New areas of Shariatpur, Faridpur, Manikganj and Rajbari districts are likely to be undated by flood water in the next 24 hours.
Besides, flood situation will be deteriorated in Bogra, Sirajganj, Tangail and Kishoreganj districts.
Water levels in 68 rivers monitored by Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) have marked rise though recorded fall at 34 points.
Though the upstream water has started receding for the last two days, but the flood situation is continued in the downstream.
Flood situation worsened in five northern districts despite slight reduction in the rate of onrushing water from upstream in the last 24 hours marooning over two lakh people so far in the Brahmaputra basin.
Officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said major rivers were flowing above danger marks at 10 points of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogura and Sirajganj districts.
"It has so far affected the Aus of about 56,000 hectares of land across the country. Besides, crops like vegetables, sesame and nuts have been affected too. If the floods do not last long, it is possible to make up the damage happened so far. That is why extensive preparations have already been taken," Agriculture Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque told reporters after a meeting with Maldives High Commissioner to Bangladesh Shiruzimath Sameer at his  Secretariat office on Tuesday.
As the water in the river Jamuna continued to rise, the flood situation in Jamalpur district further deteriorated affecting more people.
Water Development Board sources said during the last 24 hours, water level in the river Jamuna rose by 8 cm and was flowing 57 cm above the red mark at Bahadurabad ghat point.
The Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) sources said with the rising of flood water more standing crops on 3465 hectares of land including T-Aman seed bed, Aush, jute, vegetable, chilly, maize and sesame were submerged in all the seven upazilas of the district.
Various crops on 836 hectares were submerged in Bakshiganj Upazila while 588 hectares in Madarganj, 922 hectares in Dewanganj, 360 hectares in Islampur, 146 hectares in Melandah, 544 hectares in Sarishabari and 69 hectares in Jamalpur Sadar.
District Primary Education Office sources said, teaching in 66 schools were suspended due to flood.
Overall flood situation in chars and river basin areas of the Brahmaputra river at four upazilas of Gaibandha deteriorated further as the river Brahmaputra marked rise more in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning.
The water level of the river Brahmaputra rose by 7 cm during the period and it was flowing 11cm above its danger level at Fulchharighat point of the district.
The Ghagot which was flowing through the mainland of the district rose by 2 cm during the period and was flowing 37 cm over its danger mark at New Bridge Road point of the district town this morning.
With the rise of water level in the Brahmaputra and the Teesta, the chars and the river basin areas including mainland of 32 unions of Sundarganj, Sadar, Fulchhari and Saghata upazila had been submerged.
Due to the flood, over 1324 hectares of land of standing crops particularly T-Aus paddy, Aman seed bed, jute and summer vegetables went under flood water, said deputy director of Department of Agriculture Extension Belal Uddin.
More than 50 government primary schools of the upazilas had been closed and the academic activities had also been suspended there temporarily as the flood water entered the schools, said M. Hossain Ali, district primary education officer.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Oliur Rahman said 80 metric tons of rice and Tk six lakh had already been allotted for the flood and erosion victims so far on behalf of the district administration.
The Dharla was flowing above danger marks by 42cm at Kurigram and Ghagot by 37cm at Gaibandha points during the same period.
The Brahmaputra was flowing above danger marks by 23cm at Noonkhawa, 107cm at Hatia, 57cm at Chilmari and 58cm at Fulchhari points.
The Jamuna was flowing above danger marks by 55cm at Bahadurabad, 59cm at Sariakandi, 50cm at Kazipur and 49cm at Sirajganj points at 9 am today.
Teesta was flowing with its danger marks at Dalia and below danger marks by 10cm at Kawnia points.
There are less possibly of heavy rainfall inside Bangladesh and different adjoining Indian states in upstream regions during the next 24 hours.
 "Flood situation in Kurigram, Gaibandha and Jamalpur districts may remain steady while in Bogura, Sirajganj and Tangail districts may deteriorate slightly in the next 24 hours.
Additional Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension for Rangpur region Agriculturist Md. Emdad Hossain Sheikh said floodwater has so far submerged standing crops on 15,697 hectares of land in low-lying areas of Rangpur agriculture region alone.
 The submerged standing crops include Aman rice seedbeds on 503 hectares of land, vegetables on 1,559 hectares, Aush rice on 3,016 hectares, groundnut on 138 hectares, Jute on 10,083 hectares and other crops on 3958 hectares of land.
 District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer (DRRO) of worst flood-hit Kurigram district Abdul Hye Sarker said deluge situation is still deteriorating but at lower rate following reduction in the rate of onrushing water from upstream since Monday.
 "Some 1,41,612 members of 354,400 families in 319 villages of 49 unions under all nine upazilas in the district have so far been marooned during the current deluge," he said.
The flood situation in the haor areas of Kishoreganj is deteriorating due to continuous rains and hill slopes coming down from the upper stream.
Millions of people have already been flooded. Residents of Itna, Mithamin, Ashtagram, Karimganj, Tarail and Nikli upazilas have suffered the most due to the deteriorating flood situation.
According to the locals, Sitarampur, Saitdhar, Kolejpara, Bhabanipur, Ofispara and Mirzapur areas of Nikli Upazila were submerged due to flood water.
 Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Kishoreganj Mohammad Shamim Alam said that the government has so far distributed 140 metric tonnes of rice, Tk 2.5 lakh in cash and 2,000 packets of dry food among the flood victims.

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