Flood kills 2 in Ctg, six upazilas inundated

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CHATTOGRAM, June 13, 2018 (BSS) – Heavy downpour for last four consecutive
days flooded six upazilas in Chattogram causing immense sufferings to the
local people.

Two persons were killed at Fatichari upazila due to flood. Among the
victims, a woman aged about 55 washed away while another was killed in a
landslide triggered by flood.

“District administration has given TK 20,000 to the each victim’s family,”
Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Habibur Rahman told BSS.

He said half portion of the port city and district went under knee to
waist deep water as severe flood has been reported in Satkhania, Hathazari,
Chandonish, Raozan, Rangunia and Fatikchhari upazilas of the district.

At least four regional highways, including Bandarban-Satkhania, Hathazari-
Rangamati, Hathazari-Khagrachhari and Hathazari-Oxygen, were inundated
causing immense sufferings to the commuters.

People were seen wading through the knee-deep water on Chattogram-
Rangamati road and Bandarban-Satkhania road on Tuesday. Besides, traffic
remained suspended on the roads due to the flood. Fish enclosures, houses and
business establishments were submerged by the rain water.

Patenga Meteorological office recorded 21.8 millimetres of rainfall during
the last 24 hours ending 3 pm today. A total 394 millimetres of rainfall was
recorded in last four days causing serious disruption to civic life, and port
and businesses activities in the city.

All rivers, canals and drains here were full to the brim of floodwater
caused by the torrential rainfall coupled with full tide water in the port
city and district.

Locals said embankments of Halda and Shanko Rivers in different points
were collapsed, increasing the woes of locals.

The inhabitants of low-lying areas of the district have been asked to take
shelter in local educational institutions, said officials at District
administration.

Habibur Rahman said respective local administrations have taken all-out
preparation to address natural disasters like flood.

He said a total of 85 shelter centres were opened in the district while a
control room will be in operation for 24 hours to assist the flood victims.

Meanwhile, the leave of all the employees and staff of the local
administration in affected areas were cancelled and all of them were asked to
remain in their work place round the clock, Habibur said.

Khurshid Alam, an officer of Water Development Board in Hathazari upazila,
said the water level of Halda River is flowing 5.40 centimetre above the
danger level while 2.1 centimetre above the danger level in Karnaphuli River.

The Met office also forecast moderate to heavy rainfall in next 24 hours in
Chattogram region.

 

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