Vol. 5 Num 1118 Mon. July 23, 2007  
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Vast areas flooded as rain-fed rivers swell

Several districts across the country have been hit by floods in the wake of intermittent rain for two consecutive days crippling normal life while the flood situation in two hilly districts has improved.

The Surma at Kanaighat and Sunamganj, Someswari at Durgapur, Gumti at Comilla and Debiddar, Muhuri at Parshuram and the Khowai at Habiganj were flowing above respective danger levels yesterday morning.

"Most of the rivers in all the basins, except the south-eastern hill basin, observed rise in water levels," a Flood Forecast and Warning Centre bulletin said.

The Flood Forecast and Warning Centre said the flood situations in lower portion of the north-eastern and upper portion of south-eastern parts are "deteriorating".

Intermittent rain in Pabna flooded low-lying areas of the district destroying crops, our correspondent in Pabna reports.

However, district Relief and Rehabilitation Department sources said the situation is under control and they are monitoring it.

"We are monitoring the situation in the district. River water is yet to exceed the danger level," said Mahatab Uddin, an official of Pabna Relief and Rehabilitation Department.

At least 99mm of rainfall was recorded in Pabna yesterday, a source in the Ishwardi Met Office said.

River-water levels are increasing at different points. The Jamuna, the Padma and the Hurasagar may start flowing above the danger level in a day or two, sources said. The Jamuna is flowing at 9.55 metres and anything beyond 10.36 metres is considered above danger level. The Hurasagar is flowing at 10 metres and its danger level is 10.97 metres. The Padma is flowing at 12.03 metres while its danger level is 14.25 metres.

"River water is increasing at least one metre a day. If the rain continues, the river water may exceed the danger point in Jamuna, Hurasagar and the adjoining rivers," said Md Osman a Water Division official of Bera upazila.

Over 5,000 hectares of cropland have been inundated in the low-lying areas of Pabna and fish in several hundred ponds were washed away. At least 500 houses and educational institutions have been flooded in the worst affected Shujanager upazila.

Vast areas of Patuakhali district, Baufal upazila town and at least 40 chars in Galachipa, Kalapara, Dashmina upazilas have been inundated due to intermittent monsoon rains during the last four days, our Patuakhali correspondent reports.

Heavy rain in different areas of Patuakhali since Thursday inundated 40 chars sending them under three to five feet of water, sources said yesterday.

The worst affected areas are Char Ganga, Lata Chaplee, Nizampur and Khajura in Kalapara upazila; Char Halim, Char Agunmukha, Char Karforma, Char Bangla and Panpatty in Galachipa upazila; Rangopaldee, Khalishakhali, Alipur, Char Hayder, Char Agustee, Char Borhan and Bashbaria in Dashmina upazila; Muradia in Dumki upazila; and Uttar Badura and West Auliapur in Patuakhali upazila. At least 40,000 people have been affected there.

Rainwater has been stagnant in most areas of Patuakhali town for last few days. Local Met office recorded 125mm rainfall in 24 hours ending at 2:00pm yesterday.

Life in Comilla town has almost halted following intermittent heavy rain since Thursday, a correspondent in Comilla reports.

About two-thirds of the town have gone under knee-deep water. Most of the roads and residential areas are also inundated. Many shops in the town remained closed while vehicular movement was sparse.

The local Met Office recorded 186mm rainfall between 6:00am to noon yesterday. Four days of intermittent rain inundated vast areas in Chouddagram and Muradnagar upazila of the district.

UNO of Muradnagar upazila Mohibuzzaman said the road between Muradnagar and Eliatgonj was closed until further notice as the road went under water.

Officials said a large number of farmers staged demonstrations in different areas demanding removal of illegal embankments, which were allegedly hampering water drainage.

Intermittent heavy rain during the last three days has flooded vast low-lying areas of Chandpur, a correspondent in Chandpur reports. Sources said the flood protection embankment of the district town is under threat.

Around 500 thatched houses in Chuadanga Sadar, Alamdanga, Damurhuda and Jibannagor upazilas in the district were damaged, crops were destroyed and fish of many ponds were washed away by the floodwater, UNB reports.

Meanwhile, 80 percent land of Phulgazi and Porshuram upazilas of Feni have been flooded following intermittent rain during the last few days. A child was reported to have been drowned in the floodwater in the district yesterday.

There were also reports of flooding in Nijhum Dwip, Char Iswar and Jahajmara of Noakhali.

The Garai river in Magura is flowing over the danger level and 48 families were evacuated.

A correspondent in Bandarban reports the flood situation in the district has improved to some extent as the downpour stopped Friday. However, several low-lying areas of the district still remain under water.

The flood situation has improved in Khagrachhari district with the exception of few low-lying areas, our Khagrachhari correspondent reports. Water levels of Chenghi and Mainee rivers have started to drop.

Significant rainfalls were recorded in different districts during the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am yesterday. Chapainawabganj experienced 273.5mm of rainfall, Chandpur 255mm, Comilla 165mm, Rajshahi 150mm, Madaripur 130mm, Chittagong 110mm, Naogaon 105mm and Faridpur 90mm.

Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Mongla were advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal number three due to "convective clouds over the north Bay." All fishing boats and trawlers over north Bay of Bengal were advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution until further notice.

Low-lying areas in the districts of Manikganj, Munshiganj, Faridpur, Rajbari, Madaripur, Shariatpur, Chandpur and Dohar and Nawabganj upazilas of Dhaka are likely to be inundated in the next 24-48 hours, according to a bulletin issued by Flood Forecast and Warning Centre.

The rain-fed major river systems of Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Ganges-Padma continued rising and are likely to cross danger levels at Goalundo within the next 24 hours and at Bhagyakul within the next 48 hours.