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Dhaka braces for fresh flooding

Author/Source : e-mela
Publish Date :Sat, 15 Sep 2007

Bangladesh, Saturday, September 15, 2007


Water from the upstream coupled with rainwater flooded many areas in Sylhet. Photo shows rickshawpullers carrying passengers on a road that has gone under waist-deep water at Darpanagar in Jakiganj upazila. Photo: Focus Bangla

Dhaka is bracing for a second spell of floods this season with water level of the Buriganga, Turag, Sitalakhya and Balu rivers rising for the last one week. Fresh areas in Manikganj and Munshiganj districts adjoining Dhaka went under floodwater yesterday.

The flood forecasting and warning centre (FFWC) yesterday said flood situation is deteriorating in the south and central parts of the country and is likely to worsen further in the next 24 hours. The situation is improving in most of the northern districts.

The districts where floodwater is receding include Sylhet, Sunamganj, Hobiganj, Moulvibazar, Netrokona, Sherpur, Comilla, Feni, Noakhali and Lakshmipur.

The FFWC bulletin said the Ganges-Padma continued to rise and is likely to rise further slowly in the next 24-48 hrs.

Our Manikganj correspondent reported that overall flood situation in the district has further deteriorated. Road communication between the district headquarters and four upazilas -- Harirampur, Ghior, Daulatpur and Saturia -- remains snapped with floodwater overflowing the roads.

Flood affected people in the district continue to suffer due to shortage of food and crisis of drinking water as most tube-wells went under water.

Our Munshiganj correspondent reports: Onrush of floodwaters breached Maowa-Bhagyakul embankment Thursday night inundating at least eight villages.

Our Netrokona correspondent reported that flood situation improved in bordering Kalmakanda and Durgapur upazilas and remained unchanged in some places.

Newly planted aman crop in about 50 thousand hectares and vegetables in some areas have been damaged due to floods.

The rivers Dhanu, Mogra, Kongsha and Someshwary were flowing under danger level, Netrakona WDB sources said.

Road links between the district town and Kalmakanda, Durgapur and Kendua upazila headquarters remain disrupted as flood waters damaged seven bridges and 21 culverts on three link roads.

A report from our Sirajganj correspondent says flood situation in the district deteriorated yesterday as the Jamuna continued to swell due to onrush of water from the upstream.

Suffering of the flood-hit is increasing day by day due to an acute crisis of drinking water and shortage of food.

Hundreds of people including women from flood-affected villages and shoal areas are crowding the district town in search of work food and food.

One such flood victim, Baku Shaikh, 55, of Satiantoli village said he had eight handlooms and all those are still under water. This is why he has come to the district town but due to inundation the town by floodwaters, he failed to get any work, even rickshaw pulling

Our Correspondent in Gaibandha reported that flood situation remained unchanged. Surging waters breached some roads at several points in Fulchhari and Shaghaa upazilas inundating fresh areas.

A nine-month daughter of one Azizur Rahman of village Purbo Badiakhali under Gaibandha Sader upazila drowned in floodwater in the early hours yesterday.

Floods badly damaged nine educational institutions and 246 more partially. Besides, one and a half km of embankments were washed away and 53 km damaged partially.

In Kurigram, fishermen at Dharla ferry ghat recovered three tiger cubs floating in floodwater from up steam. A resident of C&B ferry ghat area in the district is now keeping those.