Though flood situation in northern districts started to improve with water level in all major rivers falling below the danger mark, many areas of the country including Chapainawabganj, Natore, Tangail and Gaibandha deteriorated as of Sunday evening, leaving four dead and thousands marooned, and disrupting railway communication.
More than 5,000 people of low-lying area in Gomostapur, Bholahat and Sadar upazilas of the district have been marooned newly as water level of the Mahananda and the Punarbhaba rivers was flowing above the danger mark.
Officials of Water Development Board said with the rise of water level in the rivers, 12 unions of three upazilas were flooded and 400 families had been marooned and many of them had taken shelter on the nearby embankment.
Syed Shahidul Islam, officer of WDB, said the water level of the Padma River is about to reach its danger mark of 62cm and the Mahanada with 13cm rise in every three hours.
Most educational institutions in the areas remained closed and crops on 3,700 hectare land were washed away, said Md Sajdar Rahman, deputy director of Department of Agricultural Extension.
When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Mahmudul Hasan said that they had already provided 14 tons rice among the flood victims in the upazilas.
At least 45 villages in the district have been submerged due to flood water from the Atrai and Barnoi rivers in the district.
Around 15 villages were flooded in Singra and Naldanga upazilas as the water level rose over Singra-Atrai dam around Saturday midnight.
Executive Engineer of Natore Water Development Board (WDB) Shudhanghshu Shekhor Roy said: “The water level rose above the dam and damaged it in a few places. Villages near the dam flooded because of damage in the LGED-made dam.”
According to the Natore WDB, the Atrai River water was flowing 83cm above the danger level in the evening.
Around 20,000 people in Naldanga upazila were stranded by floodwater following the rise in the water level in the Barnoi River.
Agriculture in the district has been severely damaged by the flood.
Floods damaged a railway approach road in Tangail, halting train services from Dhaka to the north and south of the country.
All trains scheduled to use the routes were cancelled, said Railway Director General Md Amjad Hossain.
Floods shifted nearly 20 feet of ground on a rail bridge approach in Tangail’s Kalihati upazila, said Tangail Railway Station Master Jalal Uddin.
The deputy commissioner, the superintendent of police and other senior officials went to inspect the scene.
Efforts were underway to complete repairs and resume train services as soon as possible, said Bangladesh Railway Western Rajshahi Region Executive Engineer Ramzan Ali.
The Ekota Express from Dinajpur to Dhaka, the Nilsagar from Nilphamari and the Rangpur Express were forced to stop at various stations.
Meanwhile, Railways Minister Mujibul Haque visited the spot in the afternoon.
Situation of Sadullapur, Gobindaganj, Palashbari and Sadar upazilas in the district deteriorated, inundating fresh areas as the Karatoa River marked rise. Many villages in the district inundated leaving thousands of people marooned and four dead.
Two women, a nine-year-old girl and a minor boy were washed away in tide of the Karatoa in Gobindaganj when they went to take bath, said sources.
A portion of Karatoa Flood Control Embankment at Cherenga area of Darbasta union of Gobindaganj upazila was washed away due to the pressure of the river water resulting fresh areas of the union had been inundated, said Executive Engineer of WDB M Mahbubur Rahman.
Railway communication in the district was also disrupted badly due to flood, he added.
Meanwhile, more than 27 districts have been affected leaving more than 5 million people marooned and 97 dead in the country so far.
Our reporters Anwar Hossain Choudhury from Chapainawabganj, Kamal Mridha form Natore, Afzal Hossain from Tangail and Tazul Islam from Gaibandha contributed to this report.