DHAKA : The overall flood situation in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Sirajganj and Jamalpur districts has worsened further following the gushing water from the upstream and incessant rains, leaving over 3.60 lakh people marooned, reports UNB.
The flood situation in Sylhet, however, remained static though the Kushiara and Surma rivers were flowing 63 and 62 cm above their danger levels at Amalshid and Sheula points respectively on Tuesday.
According to reports reaching the UNB desk, the water levels of all the rivers, including Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharala, Jamuna and Dudhkumar, in the five northern districts continued to rise due to the onrush of water and heavy rains.
The flood affected some 1.5 lakh people in five upazilas of Kurigram while 1 lakh in Sirajganj, 50,000 each in Lalmonirhat and Jamalpur districts and 10,000 in two upazilas of Nilphamari district.
The gushing waters have flooded many areas of the five districts and submerged vast tracks of croplands, causing huge losses to the farmers. In Lalmonirhat, over 50,000 people of the Teesta and Dharala basins were trapped in floodwaters.
At least 63 villages of Hatibandha, Kaliganj, Aditmari and Sadar upazilas remained under water for the past few days. The water of the Teesta River was flowing 18 cm above the danger level while that of the Dharala above 13 cm above the red mark.
Embankments in Shiberkuti area of Kulaghat upazila and in Dhuni area of Hatibandha broke down as India has opened 54 sluice gates of its Gajaldoba barrage.
To control the water, the Teesta Barrage Authorities have opened 44 gates of the barrage, according to sources at the local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board.
The flood-affected people were suffering for lack of pure drinking water, sanitation, food and shelters.
In Kurigram, fresh areas went under water due to the increase in water levels of all the rivers, including the Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharla and Dudhkumar.
The Brahmaputra was flowing 20 cm above the danger level at Chilmari point while the Dharala 12 cm above the danger mark at the Bridge point.
Over 1.5 lakh people of over 200 villages in Ulipur, Chilmari, Roumari, Rajibpur and Sadar upazilas were hit hard by the flood. The scarcity of food and pure drinking water has turned acute in the flood-affected areas.
Waterborne diseases were spreading fast in the flood-hit areas while no relief or medicine reached the victims yet.
At least 80 educational institutions were shut down following the flood, locals said, adding that hundreds of hectares of croplands were inundated.
District Civil Surgeon Dr SM Aminul Islam said a total of 88 medical teams were formed to render services to the flood victims.
Meanwhile, the leave of all staff under the Directorate General of the Health Services, including doctors and health assistants, has been cancelled in the district to tackle the situation, he added.
Contacted, Deputy Commissioner of Kurigram Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan said some 2,000 packets of dry food, 150 tonnes of GR rice and Tk 3.25 lakh in cash were allocated for the flood-affected people. “The overall situation is now under control,” he said.
In Jamalpur, vast areas of Islampur, Dewanganj, Madarganj and Sarishabari upazilas went under water, rendering 50,000 people homeless.
The Jamuna River was flowing 68 cm above the danger level at Bahadurabad Ghat point.
Besides, 55 hectares of Aman seedbeds, 60 hectares of Aus paddy and 296 hectares of vegetable fields were inundated by the floodwaters in Islampur, Dewanganj and Sarishabari upazilas, said sources at the local Department of Agricultural Extension office.
The local administration has allocated 80 tonnes of rice and Tk 80,000 in cash for the flood-hit people in four upazilas of the district.
In Nilphamari, some 10,000 people of 25 villages in Jaldhaka and Dimla upazilas have been left marooned following the increase in the water level of the Teesta River.
Water Development Board sources said the Teesta was flowing 36 cm above the red mark at the Dalia point.
Hafizul Haq, WDB sub-divisional engineer at Dalia, said 44 gates of the Teesta barrage were opened to control water.
He also feared that the water level might increase at different points of the river.
In Sirajganj, the flood situation in five upazilas-Kazipur, Shahzadpur, Belkuchi, Chouhali and Sadar – has taken a turn for the worse following the rise in water level of the Jamuna River, worsening the woes of the flood-affected people.
The Jamuna water was flowing 48 cm above the red mark on Tuesday.
Several hundred acres of cropland were inundated by the floodwater.
Kamrunnahar Siddiqua, deputy commissioner of Sirajganj, said the Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNO) of the flood-hit upazilas have been asked to monitor the flood situation.
She said already 10 kgs of rice and Tk 200 have been distributed among 500 families each in Sadar and Kazipur upazilas of the district.