Flood situation deteriorates in Gaibandha, 3.56 lakh marooned

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GAIBANDHA, July 17, 2019 (BSS) – Flood situation in three upazilas, including Gaibandha Municipality, deteriorated further as the flood control embankment in the district collapsed today.

The overall flood situation in the chars and river basin areas of the upazilas including Sundarganj worsened as the river Brahmaputra was flowing
143 cm above its danger mark at Fulchharighat point at 6 this morning, the
officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said.

A culvert constructed by Roads and Highways Department on Gaibandha-Sundarganj Road at Kadamtala point near to New Bridge of the town are under threat and it may collapse due to floodwater, officials concerned said.

Locals sources said a portion of flood control embankment was washed away at Kazoldhop area under Ballamjhar union of Sadarupazila due to pressure of the Ghagot river water and a portion of Gaibandha-Shaghata Road in Porapara
area under Bharatkhali union of Shaghata upazila collapsed due to the current of Brahmaputra river water early this morning inundating fresh areas of the upazilas.

Many areas including Kutipara, Sabuzpara, Aquaestatepara, Purbapara,
Munshipara, Baniarzan, Sarkerpara, Bridge road Kalibaripara and David
Companypara remain submerged due to flood water.

Nezarat deputy collector and acting district and relief rehabilitation
officer M. Shaheedul Islam said a total of 3,58,698 people in the district
including Gaibandha Municipality have been marooned.

As many as 56,354 flood affected people have taken shelter at 119 primary
and high schools and higher places including embankments with domestic
animals, poultry birds and other belongings.

Deputy Director of Department of Agriculture Extension Dr. SM Ferdous said
over 6,276 hectares of land of standing crops particularly T-Aus paddy, Aman
seed bed, jute and summer vegetables went under flood water.

Infrastructure worth Taka one crore have been washed away by flood water.
Besides, some 653 metric tons of different varieties of fish worth Taka 8.63
crore and finger lings worth Taka 52 lakh of 2,941 ponds have been washed
away due to monsoon flood this year, said district fisheries officer Abdud
Dayan.

M. Hossain Ali, district primary education officer said academic
activities of around 204 government primary schools of the upazila have been
suspended temporarily as the flood water entered the schools.
Executive engineer of BWDB Mokhlasur Rahman said as cracks were found at
different points of the embankment, maintenance works are under way at those
vulnerable points on urgent basis.

Earlier, two portions of flood control embankment at Baguria point under
Sadarupazila and Katlamari point of Fulchhariupazila had been washed away by
flood water of the Brahmaputra river on Sunday night around 11 pm, he added.

Acting Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rokhsana Begum said 400 metric tons of
rice and Taka 6.50 lakh including 2000 packets of dry food were distributed
to the flood victims till Tuesday.

In addition, 150 tonnes of rice are being disbursed to the flood victims
from today, the acting DC said.

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