6 July 2009

Over 2 lakh marooned as fresh areas flooded

With inundation of more low-lying areas, the flood situation in Netrakona, Sylhet, Sunamganj, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram and Gaibandha worsened further yesterday. Heavy rains and onrush of water from hills across the border have aggravated the situation in the flood-hit district, marooning over two lakh people. Our Netrakona correspondent reports: The low-lying areas of Kalmakanda, Durgapur, Madan, Mohonganj, Barhatta, Netrakona Sadar and Khaliajuri upazilas have been submerged, leaving about 75,000 people marooned, Netrakona Water Development Board (WDB) sources said. Four rivers-Someshwary, Kongsha, Magra and Dhanuin the district are flowing above the danger mark. Road communications between the district headquarters and Durgapur, Kalmakanda and Khaliajuri upazilas have been snapped. Downpour and onrush of water from hills across the border have submerged the low-lying areas of five upazilas in Lalmonirhat district. According to a correspondent, Teesta and Dharla rivers in Lalmonirhat district are flowing 11cm and 2 cm above the danger mark, leaving at least 45,000 people marooned in the low-lying areas of Hatibandha, Kaligonj, Aditmari, patgram and sadar upazilas. The Dharla river erosion in Mogholhat area of Sadar upazila has also taken a serious turn due to downpour for the last four days. The affected people have taken shelter on the Teesta embankment. Our staff correspondent from Sylhet says: The flood situation in the different upazilas of Sylhet and Sunamganj deteriorated further due to heavy rains and onrush of waters from the hilly areas of India.

The met office in Sylhet recorded 87 MM rainfall during 24 hours until 4:00pm yesterday. Surma was flowing 41 cm above the danger level yesterday. Over one lakh people remained marooned in Zakiganj, Kanaighat, Companiganj, Gowainghat and Zaintapur upazilas of Sylhet. Aman seed beds on over 5,000 acres of land have gone under water in those upazilas. Extraction of stones and sand in seven quarries in Gowainghat, Companiganj and Zaintapur upazilas remained suspended for the fourth day yesterday. In Sunamganj, villages in Doarabazar, Biswambharpur, Chhatak, Tahirpur and part of Sunamganj Sadar upazilas have been inundated due to downpour and onrush of water from upstream. Fifty families have shelter at two local primary schools. In Kurigram, about 50 villages in the district have been flooded as the rivers flowing through the districts swelled further. According to a local Water Development Board (WDB) source, water level in Dharla, Dudhkumar, Brahmaputra and Teesta rivers market a further rise yesterday, reports our correspondent. The UNO of Nageswari upazila said about 1,500 families of Ansererhat, Muria and Bhelianirpar under Bamondanga Union, Char Balorumpur under Ballobher Khash Union, Khelar Bhita under Berubari Union and Katgir under Kaliganj Union have been badly affected. Our Gaibandha correspondent adds: Fresh areas under Gaibandha sader, Fulchari and Shaghata upazila have gone under water as the Jamuna swelled further due to onrush water from upstream. The badly affected areas are Goderhat, Boali, Badiakhali, Rasoolpur, Bhaserpara, Balashi, Ketkirhat, Kalasona, Ratanpur, Mashamari and Nilkuthi.