Flood situation unchanged in Tangail, Kurigram

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 15:50, Jul 20, 2019 | Updated : 17:12, Jul 20, 2019

File photo: Schooling activities suspended due to flood waters in Kurigram.Although water level of Jamuna River has decreased from the last few days, Dhaleshwari and Jhinai Rivers have continued flowing above the danger level in Tangail, causing the flood situation to remain unchanged.
Water level of Jamuna River was flowing at 98cm above the danger level, while Dhaleshwari River at Elasin Bridge point was flowing at 140cm and Jhinai River at Jokarchar point was flowing at 85cm above the danger level on Saturday, according to Assistant Deputy Engineer Rezaul Karim of the Water Development Board (WDB) in Tangail.
Roads, schools and lands have become inundated due to the increasing water level.
Excessive water flow has also caused the main embankment on Bhuapur-Tarakandi road in Tepibari area in Tangail to break on Thursday night, flooding few nearby low-lying areas.
Bangladesh Army is helping the Water Development Board to fix the damaged dam.
The flood situation in Kurigram has also remained unchanged, as Brahmaputra, Dharala, Dudkumar and other major rivers in the district have continued flowing above the danger level for the last 11 days, reports UNB.
Water level in the Brahmaputra River at Chilmari point was flowing 90cm above the danger level and 57cm above the danger level at Nunkhaoa point, while Dharala River was flowing 59cm above the danger level at Setu point, according to sources from the local Water Development Board.
Roumari, Rajibpur and Chilmari upazila headquarters were flooded following the collapse of a portion of the town's protection embankment.
Sufferings of the flood-hit people intensified due to a crisis of pure drinking water and adequate relief materials.
District Administration's control room sources said 864 villages of 57 unions were flooded in the district, leaving 800,000 people marooned.
Crops of 20,000 hectares were destroyed while 500km road, 40km embankment and 41 bridges and culverts were damaged in the district.
Over 9,734 tube wells went out of order and were submerged by floodwater, sources said.
The District administration sources further said over 64,000 people took shelter in 186 centres in the district.
Kurigram Civil Surgeon SM Aminul Islam said that 85 medical teams have been working in the area to provide pure drinking water by using five water treatment equipments.
The district administration is also distributing water purification tablets and saline among the flood-hit people, he added.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Md Hafizur Rahman said the district administration has distributed 800 tonnes of rice, 3,000 packets of dry food and Tk 1.35 million among the flood-hit people.