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Water level of Brahmaputra, Ghagot rises further in Gaibandha

  • Published at 11:57 am July 26th, 2019
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File photo: Many villages in Kurigram inundated again as the water of major rivers continue to rise Dhaka Tribune

Water Development Board said water level of the Brahmaputra river rose by 10cm in last 24 hour

Water level of the Brahmaputra and the Ghagot River has risen further, deteriorating the overall flood situation in the district, and creating unimaginable sufferings to the flood victims.

The officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (WDB) said water level of the Brahmaputra River rose by 10cm in last 24 hours and was flowing 53cm above its danger mark at Fulchharighat point of Gaibandha at 6am on Friday.

The water level of Ghagot River also experienced a rise by 5cm during the same period. It was flowing 27cm above its danger level at New Bridge Road point of the district town.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Alamgir Kabir Saikat said around 600,000 people of Sundarganj, Sadar, Fulchhari, Shaghata and Gobindaganj upazilas of the district have been marooned.

As many as 98,000 people have taken shelter at 190 schools, colleges and madrasas which are being used as flood shelter centres, he said.

Apart from that, thousands of flood victims have taken shelter at the government embankments, higher grounds, and relatives’ houses with their domestic animals, poultry birds and other belongings, he added.

Deputy Director of the Department of Agriculture Extension Dr Sarder M Ferdous said standing crops including T-Aman seed bed, Aus paddy, summer vegetables, and betel-leaf orchard of 14,021 hectares of land have been damaged due to the ongoing flood.

District Fisheries Officer Abdud Dayan Dulu said fishes of Tk28.9 crore of 6,290 ponds, owned by 5,100 farmers of the district, have been washed away due to the flood.

To mitigate the sufferings of the flood victims, relief distribution activities by the district and the upazila administrations had also been intensified and they have been continuing for a couple of weeks.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) Abdul Matin said that 1,380 tonnes of rice, Tk21 lakh and 6,000 cartons of dry food received from Relief and Disaster Management Ministry has been distributed to the flood hit people of the district so far.

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