Seven villages in Fulgazi upazila of Feni district have got submerged as the flood control embankment along the Muhuri River collapsed due to the onrush of water, destroying crops and dwellings.
The river was flowing 140 cm above its danger level, cutting off road communications with Parshuram areas.
Sources at the upazila administration and Water Development Board (WDB) said the embankment at Jaipur point in Fulgazi Sadar Union got damaged due to the deluge of water from across the border.
They said the floods sent Fulgazi Sadar Union, West Ghaniamora, East Ghaniamora and Kismat Ghaniamoa, Jaipur, North Daulatpur, South Dinajpur and Bairagpur areas under water, damaging houses and huge crops.
Fulgazi Union Parishad (UP) chairman Nurul Islam said the floodwater poured into the villages through the damaged parts of the embankment at Jaipur part in Sadar Union.
Seven villages in Feni flooded as embankment collapses
Abdur Rahim, a resident of East Ghania Mora village, said, “Our homestead has been flooded. We’ve lost all of our crops.”
Zahir Uddin, executive engineer of WDB Feni office, said the water in the Muhuri River was flowing 140 cm above the danger level. “The river will swell further if the water from the upstream continues to pour in,” he said.
Locals said they have been hit by floods thrice this monsoon — on July 1, August 26 and last on September 5. The repeated damages of the embankment are flooding the areas leaving them in dire straits.
Cyclones, heavy monsoon rains and floods are common in Bangladesh, a delta nation crisscrossed by 230 rivers.
Source: United News of Bangladesh