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500,000 remain marooned in 7 northern Bangladeshi districts

A worker from the Jakarta Public Order Agency cleans up mud residue on Jl. Jatinegara Barat in East Jakarta on Jan. 2. The Indonesian capital and surrounding areas marked the start of the new year with widespread flooding. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

DHAKA, Jul 4, 2020, Dhaka Tribune. Officials of the district administrations said nearly 500,000 people of the low-lying areas in seven flood-prone northern districts of Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Bogra, Jamalpur and Sirajganj basin have been marooned, Dhaka Tribune reported.

Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) officials said the major rivers were still flowing above their danger marks (DMs) at 10 points in Nilphamari, Kurigram, Jamalpur, Bogra and Sirajganj at 9am on Saturday despite dropping of water levels, reports BSS.

Water levels of the Brahmaputra marked fall by 17cm each at Noonkhawa and Chilmari while the Jamuna by 14cm at Fulchhari, 15cm at Bahadurabad and 9cm each at Sariakandi and Kazipur and 11cm at Sirajganj points during the last 24 hours.

The Brahmaputra was flowing 24cm above the DMs at Noonkhawa and 29cm at Chilmari and Jamuna 56cm at Fulchhari, 59cm at Bahadurabad, 51cm at Sariakandi, 55cm at Kazipur and 35cm at Sirajganj points at 9am on Saturday.

However, water levels of the Dharla and Teesta rose by 11cm and 36cm at Kurigram and Dalia points during the period and were flowing above their DMs by 60 cm and 18 cm respectively at 9am.

The Ghaghot marked a fall by 4cm during the last 24 hours at Gaibandha where the river was flowing above its DM by 27cm at 9am on Saturday.

Executive Engineer of BWDB Mokhlesur Rahman for Gaibandha said all flood control embankments and structures are safe and riverbank protection works continuing at few places in the district.

BWDB’s Executive Engineer Ariful Islam for Kurigram said water levels of the Dharla might start receding in the next 24 hours and the Brahmaputra continued receding to improve the flood situation.

Talking to BSS, Chief Engineer for Rangpur Zone of BWDB Jyoti Prosad Ghosh said the flood situation is likely to continue improving in Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Kurigram, Gaibandha and adjoining areas in the next 24 hours.

“There is no report of any vulnerability of flood control embankments and we are closely monitoring the situation and safety of flood control structures,” Ghosh added.

He said the government has been continuing carrying out relief activities as the current deluge exposed thousands of people to miseries following the inundation of vast low-lying areas in the affected districts in the basin.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer (DRRO), Kurigram Dilip Kumar Saha said 302 tons of rice and Tk36.5 lakh allocated by the government are being distributed among 122,000 flood-hit people of the district.

Gaibandha DRRO Mokhlesur Rahman said distribution of 200 tons of rice and Tk13 lakh continues among 325,000 flood-affected people of 26 unions in four upazilas of the district.

Talking to BSS, Dimla Upazila Nirbahi Officer Joyoshree Rani Roy said distribution of 125 tons of rice and Tk 1.5 lakh continues among 3,200 affected people and 69 river erosion-hit families of Dimla upazila in Nilphamari district.

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