11 July 2009

Flood situation improves in 4 dists, worsens in one











A poor local gives a desolate look at the Teesta that

devoured his dwelling house in Chandipur union of

Gaibandha. Erosion took a serious turn due to

heavy rain and onrush of water from the upstream.

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Flood situation has slightly improved in Sylhet, Sunamganj, Netrakona and Lalmonirhat while further worsened in Gaibandha.

In Gaibandha, flood engulfed fresh areas in Sader, Sunderganj, Fulchari and Shaghata upazilas yesterday as the rivers flowing through the district marked a further rise, reports our correspondent.

Besides, more char areas of Brahmaputra and Teesta basins have been flooded due to onrush of water from hills across the border, marooning over 7,000 people. The affected people have taken shelter on high land or at local NGO-run flood shelters.

River erosions badly affected Tarapur, Belka, Haripur, Sreepur and Kapasia villages under Sundergaj Upazila.

Our staff correspondent from Sylhet repots: Flood Situation in different upazilas of Sylhet and Sunamganj districts has slightly improved as water is receding from the low-lying areas of the districts.

The met office in Sylhet recorded 37 MM rainfall in Sylhet city during the 24hour where as it was 87 MM on Saturday. The Surma was flowing 28 cm above the danger level at Sunamganj town point yesterday afternoon while 20MM rainfall was recorded there. However, the Surma and Kushiyara are now flowing below the danger mark at other points in the region, Water Development Board officials said.

However, extraction of stones and sand in the seven quarries in Gowainghat, Companiganj and Zaintapur upazilas remained suspended for the fifth day yesterday.

In Netrakona, flood situation is gradually improving in bordering Kalmakanda and Durgapur upazila but remains static in the low-lying areas of Mohangonj, Madan, Khaliajuri, Atpara, Barhatta and Netrakona Sadar upazilas, according to our correspondent.

Water Development Board sources said Someshwary and Mogra are flowing under the danger mark while Kongsha and Dhanu are still flowing over the danger level.

Someshwary devoured about 25 houses of Ranikong village under Durgapur upazila, Dhanu devoured about 30 houses of Jagannathpur village under Khaliajuri upazila, Mogra devoured over 20 houses of Sunajur villages under Atpara upazila and Ubdakhali devoured about 35 houses of Keshobpur village under Kalmakanda upazila in the last 24 hours.

The situation has improved in Lalmonirhat district as Teesta and Dharla rivers are flowing below the danger mark.

The affected people who took shelter on roads, schools and colleges have started returning home.