Flood worsens woes of people in three northern dists

14DHAKA : Thousands of people in three districts are facing immense troubles due to flooding and erosion of riverbanks, caused by heavy monsoon rains over the last couple of days, reports UNB.
Most of the low-lying areas in Kurigram were inundated and over a one lakh people marooned as the major rivers, including the Teesta, Brahmaputra and Dharala, continued to flow above their danger levels.
At Jatrapur union of Sadar upazila of the district, nearly 3,000 families remained marooned while 29 houses on the Dharala riverbank eroded away, according to reports reaching the UNB news desk till Saturday evening. Strong currents in the river have also devastated one and a half kilometres of an embankment on the riverbank in Jatrapur Bazar area.
In char areas of Nageshwar upazila, 3,000 more families have been marooned.
As the daylong heavy rainfall made it difficult to shift those people elsewhere, they have made perches at the top of their houses to stay above the surging water. Many of them have boarded small boats to evade the danger.
Besides, many roads, crop fields and fish ponds across the district have been inundated by the floodwater.
In Sirajganj, low-lying areas in Belkuchi, Chowhali, Kazipur, Shahjadpur and Sadar upazilas got inundated due to the swelling of the mighty Jamuna River. The Jamuna was flowing 9 cm above the red mark on Saturday, according to the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB).
Incidents of river erosion were reported from many places on the riverbank in those five upazilas.
In Sherpur, nearly 50,000 people in Jhenaigati upazila remained marooned due to flashflood.
About 5,000 hectares of paddy fields in the upazila have already gone under water, posing a great threat to rice output there, according to Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE).


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