Brahmaputra River flowing well above the danger level
Flood situation in the Brahmaputra River basins of four upazilas in Gaibandha deteriorated further as the water level of the river increased during the 24 hours till 9am on Wednesday, due to incessant rainfall and onrush of hilly waters from the upstream.
Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) official sources said the water level of the Brahmaputra River increased by 16cm during the period and it was flowing 39cm above its danger mark at Fulcharighat point of the district.
As a result, the chars located on the eastern sides of the river basin areas of Sundarganj, Gaibandha Sadar, Fulchari and Saghata upazilas of the district have been inundated.
Md Jalal Uddin Sarker, chairman of Kapasia Union Parishad of Sundarganj upazila, said Lalchamar Purbapara, Adarsha village, Paglar Char, Khalifapara, Badamer char, Char Mintu, Porarchar, Bochagari and Bhati Kapasia of the union have been flooded with the sharp rise in water level of the Brahmaputra River.
Hundreds of char dwellers have been marooned and are passing their days with hardship, he added.
Md Abdul Hai, chairman of Mollarchar Union Parishad of Sadar upazila, said the houses of Char Shedhai, Baze Chithulia, Maizbari, Moulavir Char including Mollarchar went under knee- to waist-deep water, creating untold sufferings for the dwellers of the chars.
River erosion has also worsened their situation. The victims are in much trouble and anxiety as there are no higher places where they could build their houses for residing, he added.
The low-lying areas of the western side of the Brahmaputra have also been flooded, said Saddam Hossain, a social worker at Kamarjani river port.
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Many flood victims of the chars of Kamarjani union have started taking shelter on the flood control embankment, he added.
On the other hand, another major river, the Ghagot, which flows through the mainland of the district, crossed the danger level on Tuesday night and was flowing 6cm above its danger level at New Bridge Road point of the district town at 9am on Wednesday.
The low-lying areas located on both sides of the river have also been flooded. As a result, the standing crop especially the seedlings of T-Aman paddy have gone under flood water making the farmers more worried about their staple crop and food security.
An official of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said a total of 995 hectares of land of T-Aman paddy had gone under floodwater.
Executive Engineer of BWDB Mokhlasur Rahman said as the Brahmaputra was flowing above its danger mark, officials and employees of the board had kept alert there to protect the embankment from any kind of damage.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Muhammad Towhidul Islam said police patrolling by engine driven boats had been intensified in the Brahmaputra River to check piracy on the chars and the western sides of the river.
District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer AKM Idris Ali said 40 metric tons of rice and Tk2 lakh were sanctioned for the flood affected people of Sundarganj, Gaibandha Sadar, Fulchari and Saghata upazilas of the district.
A list of the flood-affected people was being prepared by the upazila administration with the help of local government bodies, aimed at distributing rice and money to mitigate their sufferings, he added.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Abdul Matin told the BSS that they were monitoring the flood situation closely.