Padma inundates new areas

Marooned people getting insufficient relief supplies

Staff Correspondent

Rising Padma waters inundated new areas in Shariatpur, Madaripur, Munshiganj, Rajbarhi and Faridpur.
Sufferings of the marooned increased  in Bogra, Sirajganj and Lalmonirhat due to insufficient relief suplies.
New Age correspondents reported that the rising Padma waters inundated new areas on its both banks in last 24 hours.
They reported that the maroon in the  northern districts were facing acute shortage of food and drinking water with the authorities providing insufficient  relief support.
They aid that there was no sign of flood waters  receding form the worst affected district like Lalmonirhat, Sirajganj and Bogra.
Water Development Board said that 15 major rivers flowed above the danger marks at 20 points on Saturday morning.
A WDB forecast said that the Brahmaputra-Jamuna, Padma and the  — Buriganga, Balu and Turag  and Tongi canal might rise for the next of couple days.
The Turag might cross the danger level at Mirpur point, it said.
Around 2,00,000 people in three upazilas of Bogra are facing shortage of food since they were rendered homeless  as  the flood control embankment at Sariakandi was washed away on Friday.
Marooned villagers complained that the local MP and government officials provided insufficient relief.
They said that they were suffering extreme insecurity at night with the thieves getting active in the absence of power supply.
A road cum ring road at Kazipur Upazila in Sirajganj was breached forcing 300  families to take shelter on nearby high land and mosques. The Jamuna continues to flow above its danger marks at several points.
A Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre bulletin said that the Jamuna and Padma continue to rise.
It said that the Padma was likely to rise further over next 48 hours.
It forecast that the flood waters were likely to recede in the districts of Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Netrokona, and Sunamganj in next 72 hours.
The flood waters in the districts of Bogra, Serajganj, Jamalpur, Tangail might start receding in next 48 hours, it said.
The overall flood situation remained unchanged  in Kurigram district. About two lakh people in 300 villages in 57 unions of char, island char and low lying areas under nine upazilas of the district are marooned.
The Brahmaputra is flowing 36cm above danger mark at Chilmari, the worst afacted area.
Kurigram Relief and Rehabilitation officer Mizanur Rahman said 416.45 square kilometre area of 56 unions of nine upazilas was under flood waters.
Diarrhoea and water borne diseases broke out in the flood affected areas.
District Relief officials said 800 MT rice and Taka 11 lakh in cash were distributed among the flood victims.


One Comment

  1. Atik rahaman says:

    Water is causing the worst nightmare of the villagers of North Bangladesh. The only way they are relieved is through undeterred commitment of parties involved in immediate relief of the marooned people. They should rise above their petty personal agenda and work genuinely for the people of Bangladesh. This is the time the actors involved in relief works in Bangladesh dedicate their time and energy for the relief of its people and rise above petty personal benefits.

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