Thousands marooned as flood situation worsens in 4 dists
Major rivers swell due to onrush of water from upstream
Reported on: June 29, 2012 18:14 PM
Reported in: National
Dhaka, June 29 (UNB) – Raging floodwater fed by monsoon rains and onrush of water from hills across the border inundated vast areas in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Sylhet and Bogra districts, leaving a large number of people marooned on Friday.
According to reports reaching the UNB news desk, the flood situation worsened further in Kurigram district as water level of all local rivers continued to rise inundating low-lying areas of 53 unions of eight upazilas.
About 2.50 lakh people remained marooned by flood water in the eight upazilas -- Sadar, Chilmari, Phulbari, Nageshwari, Roumari, Rajibpur, Rajarhat and Ulipur.
Abu Taher, executive engineer of Water Development Board, Kurigram said water level of all local rivers, including Dharla, Brahmaputra and Dudkumar, continued to rise due to onrush of waters from the hills across the border.
Over 200 educational institutions remained closed due to the flood, which also caused extensive damage to different crops.
Rangpur divisional commissioner Jashim Uddin Ahmed and deputy commissioner of Kurigram Habibur Rahman visited the flood-hit areas at noon today (Friday).
Another report says: About 80,000 people in Phulchhari, Saghata, Sundarganj and Sadar upazilas of Gaibandha district have been marooned by flood water as water of local rivers continued to rise.
In Sylhet, about five lakh people in 12 upazilas of the district remained marooned by flood water. The road communication of Sylhet with Jakiganj and Bianibazar has snapped. The road communication in rural areas of the district also remained suspended.
In Bogra, gushing water inundated vast areas in Dhunot and Sariakandi upazilas, leaving some 10,000 people marooned.