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Flood situation improves slightly, people still suffering

  • Published at 09:44 pm August 1st, 2016
  • Last updated at 06:37 pm August 2nd, 2016

In Jamalpur, train communications on the Jamalpur-Dewanganj route restored Monday afternoon.

Communications on the Jamalpur-Dewanganj and Jamalpur-Sarishabari routes were suspended on Friday evening and Saturday night respectively as railway tracks in different places submerged by flood water.

According to the Water Development Board, water level in the Jamuna River has receded 22cm at Bahadurabadghat point in the afternoon.

During 10-day flood, over 674,000 people in 62 unions and seven municipality areas in seven upazilas of the district were affected.

Roads and High ways Department said an approach road of Dadvanga Bridge at Madarganj upazila was damaged by flood water, disrupting the direct communication with Madarganj upazila from Jamalpur.

Besides a portion of road at Fulbaria village in Bhatara union under Sarishabari upazila was damaged and disrupted road communication on Jamalpur-Bhatara-Sharishabari.

District Primary Education Officer Md Abdul Alim said 667 primary schools had been closed due to flood.

District Education officer Md Mostafizur Rahman said 219 institutions in secondary and higher secondary levels had been also closed due to flood in the district.

He said of the institutions, 143 were high schools, 11 higher secondary schools, 5 colleges and 60 madrashas.

According to Department of Agriculture Extension, standing crops on 18,550 hectares of land went under flood water in the district.

Deputy Commissioner Md Shahabuddin Khan, however, said distribution of dried food, pure drinking water and relief materials was continuing in the flood affected areas.

In Gaibandha, overall flood situation at chars and Brahmaputra river basins except six unions of Phulchhari and Sadar upazilas improved further as the Brahmaputra marked fall.

The officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) sources said water level of the Brahmaputra, one of the mighty rivers of the country, decreased by 13 cm and the Ghagot by 21 cm during the period.

Though the water level of the rivers decreased, the Brahmaputra was flowing 45cm above its danger level at Phulchharighat point and the Ghagot 45cm at New Bridge Road point of the district town.

On the other hand, the flood situation at four unions-Udakhali, Urya, Kanchipara and Gozaria under Phulchhari upazila and Boali and Badiakhali unions of Sadar upazila deteriorated as the water of the Brahmaputra entered the unions through the breaches of the flood control embankments.

Due to the flood, over 300,00 people of Sundarganj, Sadar, Phulchhari, and Shaghata upazilas of the district had been marooned creating untold sufferings to the flood victims.

Meanwhile, Phulchhari upazila parishad complex went under knee deep water and the residence of the upazila nirbahi officer went under waist deep water for entering water through the eroded portion of the embankment at Singria point, said UNO Masudur Rahman Mollah.

Classes at 232 government primary schools of the upazilas had been suspended as the flood water entered the schools and its fields, said district primary education officer AKM Amirul Islam.

Deputy Commissioner M Abdus Samad said the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry sanctioned 1,050 tonnes of rice as general relief and cash Tk41 lakh for the flood victims so far to meet their urgent need.

Although flood situation has improved slightly, flood affected people are still suffering for lack of food, pure drinking water and sanitation facilities.

Gafur, Safiqul and Abdul Aziz, residents of Uttor Nowabos area, Panchgachhi upzila, Kurigram took shelter on flood control embankment along with their family members.

Abdul Aziz said he had to stay outside of tent because his wife, children and cattle stayed inside camp.

Haidar Ali, a resident of the same locality, said he could not sleep at night due to mosquito menace.

But the flood situation in Madaripur has deteorated further due to rise of water level in the Padma River. The river was flowing 48cm above danger level at Shibchar point.