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Thursday, August 28, 2014, Bhadra 13, 1421, Zilqad 1, 1435 Hijr

Major Rivers Swell Further
Sufferings of flood victims mount
Staff Correspondent
Publish Date : 2014-08-28,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 22
All major rivers including the Padma, Meghna, Jamuna and Brahmaputra continued to swell on Wednesday because of the onrush of upstream water coupled with heavy rains over the last several days.
The waters of most of the rivers were flowing above the danger level on the day. The overall flood situation in the country has deteriorated further. New areas have been flooded.
The erosion of river banks triggered by flood has turned serious in various parts of the country. Crops including Aman paddy have been badly affected. Thousands of people remained marooned. There have been crisis of foods and safe drinking water. Water-borne diseases have broken out.
According to reports of our correspondents, majority of the affected people were yet to get adequate relief materials. They are leading an inhuman life. With the increase in water level their sufferings have also mounted.
On Tuesday waters started entering low-lying areas like Madartek in capital Dhaka. Although there have been deterioration in flood situation in many places relief activities of public representatives are not noticed. Until now no minister or MP was seen distributing relief in any area. The flood-hit people have expressed grievances at this.
Kurigram: Flood situation in Kurigram has deteriorated. Up to Tuesday noon waters of Brahmaputra flowed 19 centimeters above the danger level and those of Dharla flowed 16 centimeters above danger level. The number of affected people is increasing.   
The marooned families are suffering from the crisis of fuel, foods and safe drinking water. About two lakh people of 353 square kilometers area of 53 unions of the district have remained marooned for the last 12 days.
Deputy Commissioner ABM Azad said "For the flood-affected people the government has sanctioned 500 metric tonnes of rice and eleven lakh taka as grant relief. The sanctioned rice and money is being distributed in the flood-affected areas in stages.
Munshiganj: Flood situation in the Tongibari Upazila of Munshiganj has taken a serious turn. Several places of an embankment made at a cost of a hundred crore taka at bloc number 7 of Gururgaon have been eroded. Resultantly, inhabitants of the banks of the Padma have been scared of erosion.
The DC of Munshiganj Saiful Hasan Badal said "A list of the affected people of Lauhajang and Tongibari Upazilas of the district is being prepared. Three kilograms of rice each will be distributed among the people today (Thursday). Besides, the affected families will be given Tk 5,000 each in next two to three days." But until 5 PM of Wednesday the list of the affected families of those two Upazillas did not reach the DC's office, he added.
TANGAIL: Increase in water level and erosion by the rivers Jamuna, Dhaleswari and Jhinai in Tangail have remained unchanged. People of nearly 86 villages located near the river banks of Bhuapur, Kalihati, Tangail Sadar, Basail and Nagarpur Upazila have been marooned. Houses, mosques, schools, madrasas and farmlands are being affected by erosions. Marooned people of the river banks have been in great difficulty.
NILPHAMARI: Teesta water decreased in Nilphamari on Wednesday. Administration of Dimla upazila held an emergency meeting with the representatives of various GO and NGO about the supply of relief on Tuesday. Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Nilphamari granted a total 55.840 tonnes of rice and 40 thousand taka for Dimla upazila and 10 tonnes of rice and 20 thousand taka for Jaldhaka upazila.
GAIBANDHA:  Flood affected char households of nine upazilas under five districts including Gaibandha got a total of 3000 kits of relief materials from Making Markets Work for the Jamuna, Padma and Teesta Chars (M4C) project, with assistance of its sub-contractors (local NGOs), on Wednesday.
According to sources, with the rise in water level in the river Jamuna due to onrush of hilly waters from the upstream and incessant rail, chars and river basin areas along the river from Kurigram to Sirajganj were inundated leaving hundreds of char dwellers marooned.
Jamalpur:  Flood situation in Jamalpur deteriorated on Wednesday. Water of the Jamuna River was flowing 34 centimeters above the danger mark at Bahadurabad Ghat point, increasing by 7 centimeters in comparison to the previous day, said the Water Development Board sources.
Netrakona:  Flood situation slightly improved in the bordering Kalmakanda and Durgapur upazilas in Netrakona district, but deteriorated in low-lying areas of the two upazilas Wednesday morning.
Kalmakanda upazila administration sources said, erosion by river Mohishkhola took a serious turn.

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