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900,000 people marooned in Jamalpur flood

  • Published at 07:32 am July 19th, 2020
Photo shows a part of Jamalpur-Madarganj road have been flooded on Saturday, July 19, 2020, due to the week-long flood.
Photo shows a part of Jamalpur-Madarganj road have been flooded on Saturday, July 18, 2020, due to the week-long flood Dhaka Tribune

Two minors drown in floodwaters in Jamalpur on Saturday

Although water level has been receding from Jamuna over the past couple of days the overall flood situation has worsened in the district keeping at least 900,000 people marooned until early on Sunday.

The Jamuna has been flowing 105cm over the danger line at Bahdurabad Ghat point in Jamalpur at 6pm on Saturday, declining 24cm from the day before, according to Md Abu Sayeed, Bangladesh Water Development Board Executive Engineer (BWDB) in Jamalpur.

People of at least 50 villages in Dewangonj, Islampur, Bokshiganj and Jamalpur sadar have fallen victim to flood as well as in other areas as water has been flowing through 10 different spots on the Jamalpur-Madarganj road.

Due to roads being inundated, road communication between sadar areas of these upazilas and respective areas under the unions of these upazilas have been completely terminated.

Flood affected people in these regions have claimed that many haven't received any support from the government as of yet. Moreover, there has been an ongoing crisis of food, drinking water and other daily necessities.

According to sources from the district's relief and rehabilitation office, 304 houses have been taken by the Jamuna River bank erosion. Moreover, 14,208 houses, 4,246 tube-wells, 4,797 toilets, 66 km paved road, 194 km of unpaved road and 264 educational institutions have sustained damage in floodwaters.

The flood affected people received 784 tons of rice in the district until Saturday. According to the district's agricultural office, 8,820 hectares of croplands have been inundated.

Marooned people have taken shelter in different schools, on embankments and on other higher places and have been living in a miserable situation.

Two more minors drown in floodwaters in Jamalpur on Saturday 

Two more children have drowned after accidentally falling into floodwaters in separate incidents in Jamalpur on Saturday.

The deceased were identified as Shaju Miya, 7, of Char Bahadurabad village under Dewangonj upazila ,and Sokal Miya, 3, of Jangalia village in Melandah upazila.

Saju had been playing near his home when he accidentally fell into flood waters and went missing, said Khairul Alam, station Officer at Islampur fire service station quoting locals.

Divers from the fire service recovered his body two hours after.

Sokal was declared dead at the upazila hospital around 4pm on Sunday after being drowned in floodwaters two hours before, near his home, said Durmut Union Parishad Chairman Khalekuzzaman.

 Unremitting water triggers flood in Ganges basin

Onrush of water from upper catchment over the past one week has triggered a flood situation in char (riverbed) and other low-lying areas in the Ganges basin .

Local office of the BWDB recorded rising trend of water level at almost all points like Pankha, Rajshahi and Hardinge Bridge in the past 24 hours until 9 amon Sunday, said Kohinur Islam, an executive engineer of the BWDB, reports BSS.

The water level in Ganges rose to five centimetre and 11cm respectively  at Pankha and Rajshahi points during the  period but was flowing 187cm and 195cm below the danger levels at the two points said Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

The Atrai River has been flowing 16cm below the danger level at Atrai point this morning.

Of the 13 river points monitored in eight districts under Rajshahi division, water levels increased at six points, while decreased at seven points in the last 24 hours, said Bhuiyan, adding that water levels in the Jamuna River was flowing above danger marks at Sariakandi in Bogra and Kazipur and Sirajganj points.

The Gur River was also flowing 53cm above the danger mark at Singra in Natore while the Atrai River has been flowing 100cm above the danger mark at Baghabari in Sirajganj point.

Many areas have been waterlogged and flood-affected due to damage of flood control embankments at different points of Atrai, Raninagar and Manda upazilas in Naogaon and Bagmara upazila in Rajshahi district.

Around 50 villages under Atrai Upazila have been affected by flood water due to devouring of flood control embankments caused by fresh flood in Atrai River.

Azad Pramanik, 54, a farmer of Bhobanipur village, said his newly transplanted aush paddy on two bigha of land and one bigha of seedbeds for aman paddy were affected by the deluge.

Kawser Hossain, an agriculture officer in Atrai upazila said 1,375 hectares of aush and 270 hectares of aman seedbeds have so far been affected.

“We are preparing a list of the affected households and assessing the extent of damage at present,” said Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sanaul Islam, adding that relief materials are also being distributed among the affected people.

Another ten villages have also become waterlogged due to Andaibari-Krishnapur-Malanchi flood control embankment being damaged by the Chhoto Jamuna River in Raninagar upazila. The flood inundated many adjacent areas and had affected crops and fish farming ponds.

Rezaul Islam, 48, a fish farmer of Malanchi village, said his whole fish farm in two ponds worth around TK10 lakh were washed away.

Around 74,965 hectares of croplands were submerged  so far by the floodwaters in different districts under Rajshahi division, according to agriculture officers in the district.

Various crops like newly planted aush and aman paddy, aman seedbeds, and vegetables were affected amid rising of water in different rivers in the districts of Rajshahi, Naogaon, Natore, Bogra and Sirajganj.

“We have so far recorded crops on 8,569 hectares of land affected in Rajshahi, Naogaon and Natore have been affected,” said Sudhendra Nath Roy, additional director of the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).

In Sirajganj, crops on around 6,715 hectares of land of 39,640 farmers were affected as the district’s Jamuna River was flowing above danger marks at all the Sirajganj, Baghabari and Kajipur points.

In Bogra, crops on around 374 hectares of land of 2,485 farmers have so far been affected by the flood water in Bogra as Jamuna River had been following 98cm above the danger mark at Sariakandi point.

Flood protection embankment collapsed in Faridpur

About 24 meters of town protection embankment in Bilgozaria area of Sadiqpur village in Faridpur Sadar upazila collapsed on Sunday due to rise of flood water.

BWDB sources said the mounting flood water of the Padma River hits the dam seriously at around 6.30 am, reports BSS.

Houses, valuables, cattle, trees of the area have been washed away due to the force of the flood water, creating panic among local people. Local residents were shifted to safer places with their household valuables.

BWDB Executive Engineer Sultan Mahmud said they visited the spot and were trying to protect the embankment. The water level of Kumar river might recede. “We will take necessary steps in this regard”, he said.

Faridpur Superintendent of Police M Alimuzzaman said police posts have been set up at the localities to protect the lives and valuables while the district’s Deputy Commissioner Atul Sarker asked the teams to help the inundated family members after paying his visit to the spot.

Meanwhile thousands of families in Decreer Char, Sadiqpur, Bhajondanga, Godadhor Dangi villages  and some adjoining areas have been marooned by the flood water last couple of days.

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