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805,000 people marooned in Kurigram

  • Published at 12:20 pm July 21st, 2019
File photo: Schooling activities suspended due to flood waters in Kurigram Dhaka Tribune

Fourteen people have drowned so far during the latest spell of flooding

About eight hundred thousand people are stranded as the flood situation remained unchanged for the last twelve days in Kurigram.

Fourteen people have drowned  so far during the latest spell of flooding.

The district administration's control room sources have said 73 unions of nine upazilas are flooded. Farmers of the flood-hit areas in particular are staring at an uncertain future, as 20,000 hectares of cropland have been flooded.

The district's infrastructure has also been severely compromised. Affected transportation ways include 1,245km of road, 40km of embankment and 41 bridges and culverts. Over 9,734 tube wells are also under water.

Brahmaputra and Dharala rivers were flowing 63cm and 23cm above the danger level, respectively, according to the Kurigram Water Development Board. 

On Saturday, Brahmaputra was 90cm above the danger level and Dharala was 59cm above danger level.

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A total of 755 educational institutions, including 128 secondary schools, 70 madrasas, 17 colleges and 540 primary schools, had to suspend academic activities due to rising water. Among the district's 1,240 government primary schools, 536 had been flooded.

Although the water level of major rivers has fallen, the suffering of the flood-hit people has increased due to the shortage of drinking water, food, fodder and fuel. 

Sanitation has also turned out to be a major problem, with many people suffering from water-borne illnesses.

Kurigram Civil Surgeon Dr SM Aminul Islam has said 85 medical teams are working. The district administration is also distributing water purification tablets and saline.

The district administration has distributed five metric tonnes of  rice, Tk13.5 lakhs and 3,000 packets of dry foods among the flood-affected people.

In addition, 6,428MT of rice has been allocated ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, the sources said. But many people said the relief materials were inadequate.

The district administration sources said over 64,000 people took shelter in 186 centres in the district.