GAIBANDHA, Water level of the Brahmaputra river and
the Ghagot river rose further deteriorating the overall flood situation in
the district and creating untold sufferings to the flood victims.
The officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board said water level of the
Brahmaputra river rose by 10 cm in last 24 hours and was flowing 53 cm above
its danger mark at Fulchharighat point of the district this morning at 6 am.
On the other hand, the Ghagot river also experienced rise by 5 cm during
the period and was flowing 27 cm above its danger level at New Bridge Road
point of the district town this morning at 6 am.
Additional deputy commissioner (General) Alamgir Kabir Saikat said around 6
lakh people of Sundarganj, Sadar, Fulchhari, Shaghata and Gobindaganj
upazilas of the district have been marooned.
As many as 98,000 people have taken shelter at 190 school, college and
madrashas which are being used as flood shelter centers, he also said
Apart from it, thousands of flood victims have taken shelter at the
government embankments, higher places and relatives' houses with domestic
animals, poultry birds and other belongings, he added.
Deputy director of Department of Agriculture Extension Dr. Sarder M.
Ferdous said standing crops including TAman seed bed, Aus paddy, summer
vegetables, and betelleaf orchard of 14,021 hectares of land had been
damaged due to ongoing flood.
District fisheries officer Abdud Dayan Dulu said fishes of TK 28.90 crore
of 6290 ponds owned by 5100 farmers of the district had been washed away due
to the flood.
To mitigate the sufferings of the flood victims, relief distribution
activity by the district and the upazila administrations had also been
intensified and it had been continuing for couples of weeks.
Deputy commissioner (DC) Abdul Matin told the BSS that 1380 tonnes of rice,
TK 21 lakh and 6000 cartoons of dry food received from Relief and Disaster
Management Ministry had been distributed to the flood hit people of the
district so far.
TK two lakh to purchase fodder for cattle and same amount of money to
purchase food for children were found from the ministry, the DC concluded.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)