Bangladesh: Flash floods hit North, hill dists

Flash flood hits at Sunamgonj. Photo: Bengal Discover

Flash floods hits the many areas in the northern, north eastern and high land regions in Bangladesh. Causing thousand of prople to suffer.

Monsoon becoming tight as well as unpleasant rain and onrush of water the upstream have caused floods, some rivers are over following the danger level.

Over the last two days the road transportation suspended between Bandarban and other districts. The roads in Satkania Upozila’s Bazalia area were drowned .

In these districts area many parts have already been outpour. Crop lands have gone under water, while ponds have been overflowing.

“Officials are trying to evacuate the affected people and provide them with food and other necessary support,” said Baghaichhari Upazila Nirbahi Officer Muhammad Ahsan Habib Jitu.

In Rangamati district, around three thousand families remained marooned due to floods. Many educational institutions have been closed and families are moving to flood shelters.

In the north-eastern regions, floods have worsened as river water has been flowing above danger levels. Low lying areas in Sunamganj Sadar, Tahirpur, Dowarabazar, Bishwambarpur, Jamalganj and Dharmapsha upazilas of Sunamganj, and Sylhet’s Gowainghat and Kanaighat upazilas have been flooded.

Water from Gowainghat’s Sari-Gowain river has been flowing 40cm above the danger level in Sarighat area.
Road communication between Tahirpur upazila and Sunamganj Sadar remain closed off.

Md Fazlur Rahman, relief and rehabilitation officer in Sunamganj, said 300 tonnes of rice and 1,265 packets of dry food have been allotted for the flood-affected people of the district.

Abul Kalam Azad, supervising engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWBD), yesterday said excessive rainfall was likely to continue for next two to three days.

In Lalmonirhat, chars and low-lying areas, that are homes to around 35,000 people, in Teesta and Dharla river basins are inaccessible due to flood.

Meanwhile, the Spar dyke at Gobordhan village in Aditmari upazila is under the threat of collapsing due to heavy pressure of water from the Teesta.

The dyke was declared risky last year, but it was not repaired by the BWDB. Amid such a situation, several thousands of people from six villages are in fear of losing their homes in floods if the dyke collapses.

Sub-Divisional Engineer of BWDB in Lalmonirhat Bazle Karim said they were trying to protect the dyke by dumping Geo Bags and have requested higher authorities concerned to allocate funds to repair the dyke on an emergency basis.

In Netrakona, different areas of Kalmakanda Upazila have been flooded over the last two days, affecting some six thousand families.

Situation was worsening as water of the Sumeswari, Foli and Ghumai rivers has been flowing into Bangladesh’s crossing border.