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Monday, July 27, 2015, Shraban 12, 1422 BS, Shawal 10, 1436 Hijr

Country reeling from rain-fed flood
Staff Correspondent
Published :Monday, 27 July, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 20
Flood situation in some districts deteriorated on Sunday and washed away roads and embankments and damaged standing crops and forced inhabitants to take shelter in different educational institutions in their localities.
The inhabitants are now facing acute crisis of drinking water.  
Our Feni correspondent adds, flood water submerged at least 15 villages of Fulgazi Upazila, marooning some 10,000 villagers. The district administration distributed drinking water among 1,200 families. Our Cox's Bazar correspondent reports, at least 14 unions of Chokoria and Pekua upazilas were inundated. The flood water washed away crops and forced many to take shelter in higher ground.
Our Noakhali correspondent adds flood water inundated some 50 villages of different upazilas, damaging crops and seed beds.   Many roads and lanes of the country's cities are now under knee-to-waist deep water due to incessant rainfall.
Flood water entered the shops along the roads making trade difficult to run. Office and college going people suffer the most for transportation problem.
Met Office said medium to heavy rainfall is likely to occur in the South-Eastern regions of the country in the next 24 hours.
The entire country witnessed light to heavy rainfall on Sunday like the previous days. The highest rainfall 299.0 mm was recorded in Chittagong and lowest 37.0 mm in Chandpur.
While the country's highest temperature 36.1 degree Celsius was recorded on Sunday in Dinajpur and lowest 23.4 degrees in Hatiya.
Residents of low-lying areas of Dhaka city have been facing immense sufferings due to the non-stop rain as most of the roads and lanes there are now under water, halting vehicular movements in some cases.  
Lives of Chittagong city dwellers have been highly disrupted due to water logging in most areas of the city caused due to three days of heavy rainfall.
From VIP roads to houses and shops in the low lying areas, rain water has stagnated from knee to waist level.
As a result people are suffering untold miseries in their lives.
Incessant rain has flooded most roads and low lying areas of Oxygen, Muradpur, Bahadderhat, Sulakbahar, Katalganj, Nasirabad, Bayezid, Shalasahar, Chawkbazar, Panchlaish, Chandgaon, KB Amanali Road, Bakolia, Dewanbazar, Halishahar, Agrabad CDA, Pahartali, and Patenga in the port city.
Like the two cities, the condition of other cities and towns are said to be the same by our correspondents.  
According to the Met Office, the day temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the southern part and rise slightly elsewhere over the country and night temperature may remain nearly unchanged over the country.
Water Development Board said that water level in all the major river systems are in falling trend which may likely to continue in the next 48 hours.  The flood situation in few areas of Sylhet is likely to improve in the next 24 hours.
The maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal No 3 as the low over the North Bay and adjoining Bangladesh coast has rapidly concentrated into a monsoon depression.
All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice.

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