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5 lakh marooned as flood deteriorates in B'putra basin

RANGPUR, Aug 13, 2017 (BSS) - The flood situation sharply deteriorated following heavy rains coupled with huge onrush of water from the upstream during past 24 hours till 9 am today marooning some five lakh people putting them in miseries in the Brahmaputra basin.

The Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Dharla, Ghaghot, Jamuneswari, Punorvoba, Upper Atrai and Tangon rivers were flowing above their respective danger mark at 13 points in Kurigram, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Bogra and Sirajganj today.

According to the Water Development Board (WDB) sources, deterioration of flood situation might continue further during the next 72 hours as huge onrush of water still continues from the upstream.

Officials in the district administrations and local public representatives said nearly five lakh people have become marooned in the low-lying and char areas.

The Deputy Commissioners, UNOs and public representatives have been visiting the flood-hit areas and distribution of dry foods, rice and cash money has begun among the flood-hit people.

According to WDB sources, the Jamuneswari was flowing 99cm above the danger mark at Badarganj in Rangpur while the Teesta 60cm above the danger mark at Dalia and Dharla 112 cm at Kurigram at 9am today.

The Brahmaputra was flowing 25cm above the danger mark at Chilmari and 29cm above at Fulchhari while Ghaghot was flowing 14cm above the danger mark at Gaibandha.

The Jamuna was flowing above the danger mark by 64cm at Bahadurabad, 43cm at Sariakandi, 41cm at Kazipur and 50cm at Sirajganj points at 9am today.

The Punorvoba was flowing above the danger mark by 60cm at Dinajpur, Tangon by 81cm at Thakurgaon and Upper Atrai by 73cm above the danger mark at Bhushirbandar at the time.

"We have started dumping sand- and geo-textile bags at four vulnerable points of the flood control embankments under four unions of Gangachara upazila," said WDB's Executive Engineer for Rangpur Mahbubur Rahman.

Meanwhile, rail communications from Burimari Land Port under Patgram upazila to Hatibandha upazila in Lalmonirhat with other parts of the country snapped as flood water started flowing over the rail lines since this morning.

"Some holes have been formed under rail lines on the Hatibandha-Parulia portion of the Lalmonirhat-Patgram route snapping rail communications there," said Assistant Traffic Superintend of Bangladesh Railway at Lalmonirhat Junction Sajjad Hossain.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer of Rangpur Faridul Haque said 22,526 families of 92 villages under 21 unions of Gangachara, Pirgachha, Kawnia and Badarganj upazilas have been marooned in the district.

"We have started distributing 20 tonnes of rice among the flood-hit people and got allocation of more 100 tonnes of rice today," Faridul said, adding that a demand of 500 tonnes of rice and Taka 25 lakh was sent to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief.

Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hasan Ahmed told BSS that adequate steps have been taken for rescue and relief operations and district administrations have started distribution of dry foods, rice and cash money among the flood- affected people.

Chairmen Abu Taleb of Astomirchar union under Chilmari upazila in Kurigram and Abul Kalam Azad of Nohali union under Gangachara upazila in Rangpur said sufferings of marooned people mounted and distribution of relief goods should be intensified.

The Department of Agriculture Extension sources said standing Aman seedbeds on 705 hectares, Transplanted T-Aman on 1.29 lakh hectares and vegetables on 2,996 hectares of land already submerged under floodwater in all five districts under Rangpur Agriculture Zone alone.