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Floods destroy road network in northern districts

  • Published at 01:10 am August 25th, 2017
Floods destroy road network in northern districts
Road communications have been severely disrupted in a number of northern districts as most roads and culverts were severely damaged during the recent monsoon flooding. Unable to use the submerged roads, people have taken to using boats as the main form of transportation in some places. According to Rangpur Roads and Highways Department, 170.11 km roads have been damaged while the department has already spend Tk 30 crore for repairing those. Some 629.25 km roads were severely ravaged in 10 districts in the northern region including eight districts under Rangpur division. Kurigram and Dinajpur are the worst affected districts with countless roads and culverts damaged heavily. Road communications also came to a halt in Dinajpur as five roads were destroyed, locals said. According to a report published by the Department of Disaster and Management, some 525 kilometres of roads in some nine districts have been washed away due to the monsoon flood. 45 kilometres of road got damaged in Panchagarh while 30 kilometres in Bogra, 30 kilometres in Sirajganj, 17 kilometres in Jamalpur, 170 kilometres in Mymensing, 170 kilometres in Tangail, 27 kilometres in Dhaka and 36 kilometres in Manikganj. Besides, 6610 kilometres of roads have been partly ravaged in 31 districts, the report said, adding, said some 446 bridges and culverts have been damaged in 11 districts. Of them, 140 bridges and culverts are in Nilphamari, 23 in Kurigram, 13 in Gaibandha, 60 in Bogra, 66 in Sirajganj, 44 in Jamalpur, 45 in Jessore, 29 in Mymensingh, four in Rangpur, 25 in Mymensingh and three in Joypurhat. In Kurigram, some 41.25 kilometres of roads have been seriously ravaged while 110.50 kilometres of roads in Lalmonirhat. Tk8 crore has been spent for road maintenance in Kurigram, while the sum amounted to Tk61 lakh in Lalmonirhat. Some 12.50 kilometres of roads got damaged in Bogra, while 59-kilometre  and 2.8-kilometre roads in Gaibandha and Joypurhat respectively. Meanwhile, at least 41, 535 families have been affected in the flood caused by heavy shower and the onrush of the water from the upstream in Nilphamari. Of them, 31,000 families were completely affected in six upzilas under the district, said Nilphamari’s district relief and disaster management office. There were also reports of people being affected by waterborne diseases with many complaining of inadequate medical assistance for the patients. Nilphamari’s Civil Surgeon Dr Ranjit Kumar Barman, however, said they already formed 68 medical teams, which were treating the patients.
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