Vol. 4 Num 36 Wed. July 02, 2003  

30,000 marooned in Companyganj
Surma, Kushiyara in Sylhet flow above red marks,1200 displaced in Nilphamari

Flood situation in Sylhet, Sunamganj and Nilphamari districts deteriorated on Tuesday following rains and onrushing of waters from upstream areas in Indian.

Our staff correspondent reported from Sylhet that at least 30,000 people have been marooned in Jhingabari, Dakshin Banigram, Raniganj and Barachatul unions in Companyganj and several hundred have moved to safer places in Beanibazar and Balaganj pazilas.

Companyganj upazila headquarters is under knee-deep water, official sources said.

Road communication between Syleht and Chhatak upazila headquarters has been snapped as water is flowing over the road.

The Surma is flowing 100 cms above the danger level in Sunamganj and 121 cms at Kanaighat, the officials said.

The Kushiyara is flowing 38 cms above the danger mark at Sheola and 45 cms above the level at Amolshid.

Collection of stone from quarries in Jafflong, Bisnakandi and Dholoi is suspended since Monday morning.

The local meteorological department recorded 50 mm rainfall in Sylhet, 82 mm in Kanaighat and 40 mm at Sheola during the last 24 hours ending at 6 pm Monday.

Our Nilphamari correspondent reported that about 1200 people have taken shelter on the Teesta Guide Dam as more 10 unions in the district have been inundated by flood waters.

The Teesta is flowing above the danger mark a Teesta Barrage point, Water Development Board (WDB) sources in Rangpur said yesterday.

They said all the Teesta tributaries Charalkata, Deonai, Burikhora and Chiklyare in spate and are swelling.

They said the flood situation will deteriorate due to heavy rain in upper reaches in India.

Efforts by WDB to stop further erosion by Teesta at Doani have failed and the Teesta Barrage is threatened at some points due to water pressure as all the gates of Gagaldoba Barrage in India have been opened, they said.