Bangladesh

Flood shuts down 300 schools in 6 districts

The flood water has also affected educational institutions in the district. At least 300 hundred schools have been shuts down as water entered the premises. Besides, flood water has entered school compounds, hampering teaching.

Flood-hit people alleged that they are not getting sufficient relief materials to cope with the natural disaster that has washed away their houses and destroyed crops. According to Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre sources, the overall flood situation in the northern, north-central and north-eastern parts of the country is likely to improve in the next 72 hours.

Meanwhile, grim reports on the floods continued to pour in from the districts.

In Bogra, the situation has worsened due to the rise of water in Jamuna in the last 24 hours. Vast areas of Aman seedlings, including vegetable fields, are damaged due to the floods. Besides, many areas in Sariakandi, Sonatola, Dhunut, Sherpur and Gabtoli upazilas are submerged due to flash floods and the Jamuna river is flowing above the danger level.

A five-year-old child drowned in the Bangali river in Sariakandi upazila yesterday. The deceased was identified as Murad, a resident of Baroipara village in Sariakandi upazila’s Sadar area.

Bogra Agriculture Extension Office sources said at least 3,000 hectares of land crops are under flood water in Sariakandi and Dhunut upazilas. Besides, at least 30 villagers in Dhunut upazila face the threat of erosion.

In Jamalpur, flood water has started receding, but the overall situation has remained unchanged.

A total of 6,295 families in nine unions of Islampur upazila, seven unions of Dewanganj upazila, six unions of Bakshiganj upazila and three unions of Sarishabari upazila have been affected by the flood.

Water Development Board sources said the water level of the Jamuna has dropped by 2 cm and it was flowing 43 cm above the danger level at Bahadurabad ghat point at 12 noon yesterday.

According to the Department of Agriculture Extension Office, crops in 6,346 hectares in six upazilas of the district have gone under water. The Aus variety in 40 hectares, T Aman variety in 5,900 hectares, T-Aman seed beds in 52 hectares and vegetables in 354 hectares have been submerged, it said.

The flood water has also affected educational institutions in the district.

District primary education officer Abdul Alim said 119 primary schools have been shut down as water entered the premises. Besides, flood water has entered 136 school compounds, hampering teaching, he added.

Deputy commissioner Md Shahabuddin Khan said relief activities are going on in the affected areas and the situation is now under control. Sixty-four metric tonnes of rice have been distributed among the flood-hit people in Dewanganj, Islampur and Sarishabari upazilas, he added.

In Noagaon, the water levels have declined in the Atrai and Choto Jamuna river, but the situation has remained unchanged.

Due to the collapse of an embankment, water flooded fresh areas of Manda, Atrai and Raninagar upazilas, disrupting road communication with Noagaon Sadar. This has triggered immense suffering for commuters. Classes have been suspended in 40 educational institutions as water has entered their compounds.

Flood-affected people, along with their belongings and cattle, have taken shelter on high land, roads and embankments.

Noagaon district administration has allocated 13 metric tonnes of rice for Manda upazila, 15 metric tonnes for Atrai upazila and distributed three metric tonnes of rice among the affected people in Kashab union under Manda upazila.

In Sirajganj, the flood situation has worsened as the water level of the Jamuna continued to rise.

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