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Flood worsens in different parts of Bangladesh

Photo captured on Monday, July 20, 2020 shows a homestead inundated in Folsatia village under Mohadebpur union in Manikganj's Shibaloy upazila
Photo captured on Monday, July 20, 2020 shows a homestead inundated in Folsatia village under Mohadebpur union in Manikganj's Shibaloy upazila Dhaka Tribune

Flood situation is likely to worsen as water levels are expected to rise further on July 25 and July 26,  said Sirajul Islam, executive engineer of the Water Development Board in Tangail

With the continuous onrush of upstream water over the past one week, most of the rivers in Ganges basin have been flowing above the danger line worsening the flood situation in Rajshahi, Naogaon, Natore, Bogra and Sirajganj.

Of the 13 river points monitored in almost eight districts under Rajshahi division, water levels increased at seven stations, while decreased at five stations and remained static at one point in the last 24 hours, according to Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) Executive Engineer Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, reports BSS.

Meanwhile most of the rivers in Tangail, Faridpur , Kurigram, Pabna, Rajbari and Manikganj have also been flowing above the danger mark keeping thousands marooned and in trouble, report district correspondents of Dhaka Tribune.

In Rajshahi, many areas have been remaining waterlogged and are affected by flood as flood control embankments were damaged at different points of Atrai, Raninagar and Manda upazilas in Naogaon and Bagmara upazilas.

Around 50 villages under Atrai upazila have been affected by flood water as flood control embankments were devoured by the Atrai River.

In Tangail, at least 150,000 people across the district have been remaining marooned and over 5,226 hectares of crop lands have been submerged.

Although water levels of Jamuna and Jhenai rivers have been falling in the district, water levels of other rivers are on the rise, said Sirajul Islam, executive engineer of the Tangail Water Development Board (WDB).

Sirajul further stated that there is a possibility of further increase in water levels from July 21, adding that the flood situation is likely to worsen as water levels are expected to rise further on July 25 and July 26.

According to the district administration's district relief and rehabilitation office, at least 305 villages in 42 unions of Tangail Sadar, Nagarpur, Delduar, Bhunapur, Kalihati, Dhanbari and Gopalpur upazilas have been flooded till Monday.

In Faridpur, road communications from the district headquarters to Char Bhadrasan and Sadarpur upazilas has been snapped. Besides, cracks have been developed on different parts of the road.

On Monday morning, a concrete road of ward no 25 in Faridpur sadar collapsed due to pressure of water.

Faridpur Deputy Commissioner Atul Sarkar said people of 30 unions of the district have been marooned.

Alfadanga Upazila Chairman AKM Zahid Hasan said erosion by the Madhumati River has been continuing in several villages of three unions of the upazila since the beginning of monsoon.

In Kurigram, residents of Dharla river bank have been marooned as water level rose further due to persistent rains.

Meanwhile, floodwaters entered Kanchkol area of Chilmari upazila and flooded 50 villages including Chilmari upazila headquarters.

Out of 73 unions of the district, 475 villages of 56 unions have been flooded until Monday.

In Manikganj, around 7,286 people in different areas of Harirampur, Daulatpur, Shibaloy, Gheor upazilas were marooned, according to sources from the district administration.

Altogether 231-square kilometre area of the five upazilas have been flooded. At least 924 families lost their properties due to erosion in this season's flood.

In Rajbari, around 3,000 families of Rajbari Sadar, Pangsha, Kaluhali and Goalanda upazilas have been marooned, who are currently suffering from food and drinking water crisis.

Confirming, Rajbari district's Deputy Commissioner Dilshad Begum said relief distribution has been ongoing among the people affected by the flood.

In Pabna, low-lying areas near the Padma, Jamuna and other rivers have been flooded causing suffering of a few thousands people in the district’s char areas.

A number of roads in the district's Sujanagar upazila has been inundated while a number of schools and colleges have been remaining waterlogged.

The Jamuna had been flowing 64cm above the danger mark at Mathurapoint of Nagarbari upazila while the Padma has been flowing 0.88cm below the danger line in Hardinge bridge point until Monday morning, said Mofazzol Hossain, WDB deputy assistant engineer in Pabna.

Sources from the WDB had said they are working to stop erosion on an emergency basis and gathering information of the loss people had to sustain due to flood in the region.

Government relief distribution had been ongoing across the country to help the flood affected people, said sources from the local district administration offices.

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