Water level of Brahmaputra, Ghagot rises further in Gaibandha

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)