Flood situation remained unchanged in different parts of the country until Wednesday morning.
In Kurigram, the Brahmaputra continued to swell while the situation of 200,000 people marooned in the upazila remained unchanged.
Officials at Bangladesh Water Development Board said the Brahmaputra was flowing 101 cm above its danger level at Chilmari point, while it was above 95 cm above at Nun Khawa point.
The water level at the Dharla went up 90 cm above the red mark at Kurigram Bridge Point on Wednesday morning.
Along with these two, 16 other rivers of the district are overflowing, keeping 56 unions under water and leaving 200,000 people marooned, the sources said.
Locals said floodwaters entered the villages located in the vicinity of the Brahmaputra and submerged croplands.
Sources at the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said crops on thousands of hectares of lands have been inundated by the floods.
Deputy Commissioner of the district Mohammad Rezaul Karim said adequate rice and relief materials have been allocated for the flood victims.
They have been also guided to take shelter in secured places, he added.
In Sirajganj, around 145,000 people were marooned and many of them began to evacuate to higher places or on the embankment, according to Abdur Rahim, the district’s relief and rehabilitation officer.
On Wednesday morning, Jamuna has been flowing 68 cm and 98 cm respectively at Zila point and Kazipur point, said AKM Rafiqul Islam, deputy divisional engineer of Sirajganj WDB.
The district’s Deputy Commissioner Dr Faruk Ahmad said 400 tons of rice, baby food worth Tk2 lakh, fodder of Tk2 lakh and 4,000 packets were allocated for the flood affected people in the district.
In Tangail, all the rivers in Tangail have been flowing above the danger line as of Wednesday, leaving thousands marooned.
Dhaleshwari, Jamuna and Jhinai has been flowing 100 cm, 68 cm and 64 cm respectively above the danger line at three different points on Wednesday around 9am, according to Sirajul Islam, executive engineer of Tangail Water Development Board (WDB).
According to sources from the district’s relief and rehabilitation office, 141 villages in 25 unions in Sadar, Nagarpur, Delduar, Bhuapur, Kalihati and Gopalpur upazilas were flooded leaving thousands in these areas marooned.
WDB Engineer Sirajul said the rivers are demonstrating an alarming rate of rise. “We are estimating the rivers will swell further. When the water recedes erosion will escalate. We fear a disastrous situation will occur. We are working to prevent the river banks from eroding on an emergency basis.”
Eight people drown in five districts on Wednesday and Tuesday
At least eight people drowned in Jamalpur and Gaibandha on Wednesday and six others have drowned in Kurigram, Moulvibazar and Narsingdi on Tuesday.
The deceased were: Kota Mondal, 35, of Jamalpur; Hasanat Molla, an one and half year old infant in Gaibandha; Reshmi Begum, 6, and Maria, 5, of Moulvibazar; Amanat Hossain, 8, and Mahfuz, 6, of Narsingdi; Mimi, 8, and one and half a year old Lamia Khatun of Kurigram.
Local police and union parishad chairmen confirmed the deaths.
Kota Mondal, Mimi and Lamia died in floodwaters while the rest died after they accidentally fell into water bodies near their houses. (Web Desk)