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50,000 people marooned in Kurigram flood

Published : 14 Jun 2022 11:35 PM | Updated : 15 Jun 2022 04:23 PM

A flood-like situation has been prevailing at Kurigram’s Roumari upazila for the past one week.

“Water is everywhere. Can’t move anywhere as going out means additional costs. Flood has exacerbated my already prevailing sufferings to a great extent,” said Nojir Hossain, a day laborer from Kheyarchar village under Jadurchar union of the upazila.

Flooding has swept across five unions of Kurigram’s Roumari and Rajibpur upazila due to the swelling of Jinjiram, Kalo and Dharani rivers that flow directly from India. Although flood water has affected the east side of the Dhaka-Roumari highway, the west side of the highway, through which Brahmaputra, Holholiya and Sonabhori rivers run, has remained unaffected due to low water levels in the respective rivers.

According to the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Roumari upazila Md Ashraful Alam Rasel, at least 50,000 people from a total of 45 villages under the five unions have become stranded due to the flooding.

“Around 30 km road networks have gone under water. A total of 32 educational institutions have been shut down. Besides, crops cultivated in 283 hectares of land have been totally damaged,” added Rasel.

Rasel mentioned that the upazila administration has provided Tk 300,000 for buying emergency relief items including flattened rice, parched rice, sugar, salt, and candles. The items will be distributed among the flood victims soon.

“Although floodwater hasn’t entered our house, it has destroyed all the vegetables that we had cultivated in our yard. Now we’ll have to buy vegetables from the bazaar, which will result in increased living costs. This is happening at a time when my husband can’t even go out to search for work due to the flooding,” said Nazma Begum, a housewife from Bokbandha Beparipara village.

Nazrul Islam, Member of Kheyarchar ward no 1, said that floodwater has inundated more than 600 houses in his area.

“Besides, the flood victims of my constituency haven’t received any relief item yet,” added Nazrul.

According to Roumari Upazila Parishad Chairman Sheikh Abdullah, the public representatives of the area have been instructed to prepare a list of the flood-affected people.

“Around 5,000-6,000 workers of the Roumari Land Port have become jobless due to the flooding. I’ve requested the district administration so that they can receive help from the government,” added Abdullah.

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