Rivers still flowing above danger level, flood situation may worsen

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 09:55, Jul 16, 2019 | Updated : 09:56, Jul 16, 2019

A portion of the embankment in Godarhat area at Gaibandha’s Kholahati union washed away due to high water pressure in Ghagot River on Monday, July 15, 2019.Heavy rain over the past few days have flooded several districts across the country, and authorities concerned said that the flood situation may deteriorate further with the water level likely to rise in the next two days.
Thousands of families have been marooned in these districts after floodwater from the rivers flowing above the danger level inundated the regions, said Water Development Board (WDB) officials.
The local administrations in these areas are already providing rice, dry food, medicines and money to the flood affected people.
In Kurigram, until Monday (Jul 15) afternoon, the flood left nearly 300,000 people marooned in nine upazilas, according to local authorities.
The situation is continuing to deteriorate due to heavy incessant rainfall and continuous swelling of all the rivers, including Dharla, Dudhkumar and Brahmaputra.
Four children have also died in as many days after falling into the floodwater in two upazilas.
A total of 384 educational institutions in nine upazilas have also been closed.
In Gaibandha, heavy rain and water from upstream have pushed the water in Ghagot and Brahmaputra rivers above the danger level, worsening the flood situation.
Local authorities said over 254,000 people were left stranded in four upazilas, who are also facing a major crisis of food and drinking water. Of them, 42,102 people are currently in 114 shelters.
Floodwater also broke through three points of two embankments of Ghagot and Brahmaputra rivers, flooding 31 villages and washing away various crops in 1,246 hectares of land.
As many as 28,230 homes, 92 kilometres of road, four kilometres of embankment and six culverts were damaged. Total 155 schools were closed, while five schools were devoured by the rivers.
In Sunamganj, around 104,000 people remained marooned after Surma River flooded many areas over the past few days following heavy rain and flash floods from the hills in India’s Cherrapunji.
The water in Surma River was flowing 79cm above the danger level at Shologhor point Monday afternoon.
WDB officials said floodwater would not decrease until rain stops.
In Dinajpur, 10,000 families were left stranded after three villages were flooded following heavy rainfall.
Water in all the rivers of the district, including Atrai, Purnabhaba and Karatoa, is yet to exceed the danger level, but the low lying areas have already been flooded.
WDB officials said dams protecting the town were at risk of collapse due to higher water pressure.
Meanwhile, heavy rainfall also destroyed Aush paddy in nearly 50 bighas of land in the district’s Hili, making the farmers suffer massive loss.
In Tangail, many villagers in Bhuiyanpur upazila lost their homes to erosion caused by Jamuna River, after the water level in the river rose over the past few days.
WDB officials said nearly all the rivers in the district were flowing above the danger level. They, however, added that the water level may start decreasing from Thursday.
In Nilphamari, water in Teesta River was flowing below the danger level Monday afternoon, showing a sign of improvement.
Local authorities said onrush of upstream water and heavy rainfall had triggered floods in 15 char areas under the district, leaving over 20,000 families marooned, over the last few days.
Floodwater has started to recede from these areas as water level in Teesta was in falling trend.
However, 16 educational institutions, which were damaged during the flood, have been declared closed in two upazilas.
In Jamalpur, Jamuna River was flowing above the danger level MOnday afternoon due to heavy rain and upstream water, leading to a rise in the floodwater level in seven upazilas.
The flood also left over 200,000 people marooned in different areas and destroyed crops in nearly 20,000 hectares of land.
Around the district, 250 educational institutions were closed.
Bangla Tribune correspondents from Kurigram, Gaibandha, Sunamganj, Dinajpur, Tangail, Nilphamari and Jamalpur provided inputs into the report.