Saturday 10, December 2022

35,000 people marooned in flood of Kurigram

News Desk: Arund 35,000 people in Roumari upazila of Kurigam district have been marooned due to flash floods caused by recent heavy showers and an onrush of water from hills.

Fifteen villages in Datbhanga union of the upazila were flooded afresh on Monday as rivers flowing through the areas continue to swell.

The newly affected areas are Char Gayata Para, Tekani village, Charkauwar Char, Char Boyalmari, Okrakanda, Shaulmari, Mollar Char, Karaikandi, Mirzapur, Goulgram, New Chuliar Char, Bokbanda, Bikribil, Algarchar and Kashiabari.

As many as 27 educational institutions in this area have been shut down due to the worsening flood condition.

The lack of food and drinking water is adding to the misery of the people of flood-hit areas.

LGED engineer Jubayer Hossain said 22 kilometres of roads in Shaulmari, Roumari and Jadur Char Unions have been submerged in the recent flood.

People are using boats to move from one place to another amid knee-to-waist deep water.

Abdul Qayum Chowdhury, agriculture officer of the upazila, said 283 hectares of cropland were submerged in the upazila as Jinjiram, Dharni and Kaljani rivers keep swelling.

Roumari Upazila Project Implementation Officer Azizur Rahman said the low-lying areas of the upazila have been inundated due to heavy rains.

The authority has so far allocated Tk 3 lakh for providing relief materials to the flood victims, he added.

“A report has been submitted to the higher authorities and more relief will be provided again if an allocation is given,” he added.


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