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Thousands stranded in Bhola, Bandarban floods

  • Published at 05:55 pm June 12th, 2017
Thousands stranded in Bhola, Bandarban floods
Incessant rainfall triggered by the depression formed in the Bay of Bengal has inundated huge areas in Bhola and Bandarban districts, causing immense suffering to thousands of people. In Bhola, at least 30,000 people have been marooned as tidal water broke through dykes in Monpura and Tazumuddin upazilas. The depression that developed in the Bay of Bengal couple of days ago was sweeping across Bhola as a land depression at noon on Monday, according to the special weather bulletin of the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD). Local sources said the Meghna and Tentulia rivers flowing across the district have turned turbulent in effect of the depression. Tidal water was flowing about three-four feet above the normal level. The tidal flow gushed in through the erstwhile damaged parts of the flood control embankments at Chowmuhani Bazar, Purbo Sonar Char areas in Monpura upazila, and at Chowmuhani point in Tazumuddin upazila on Monday. Detached from the mainland and having no flood protection,  Kolatoli Char, Dhak Char, Char Nizam and Char Shamsuddin areas are also being inundated during the high tides following the depression. People living in these areas are facing crisis of drinking water and food. Rehana Begum, a resident of Sonar Char, told the Dhaka Tribune on Monday: “Our house was inundated by the tidal water last night. We spent the whole the night sitting over the bed with our children.” The kitchen stove of the household was also inundated and the family members been starving since then finding no alternative to cook the meal. The tidal water has submerge the entire Purbo Sonar Char area. The flood water washed away fishes from more than 100 ponds in the area. Bhola Deputy Commissioner Md Selim Uddin said some parts of the dykes at Rajapur, Ilisha, Kachia, Doulatkhan in Bhola Sadar upazila had been damaged by the depression-triggered tidal pressure. Some areas in Monpura and Tazumuddin upazilas have been inundated as the dykes there had developed breaches at some places, he added. The district administration has already asked the Water Development Board to take quick measures to repair the dykes. In Bandarban, low-lying areas of Lama, Ali Kadam and Naikkhangchhari upazilas have been inundated by flash flood triggered by the incessant rainfall over the last two days. Around 10,000 people have been stranded in those areas, according to local sources. The rain also caused landslides in the hills of Y-Junction area on Monday morning, snapping the district headquarter’s road communications with the Ruma upazila.
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