Floor situation improves in Kurigram, water-borne diseases on the rise

Published : 24 Jun 2022 07:37 PM

The overall flood situation in Ulipur Upazila of Kurigram remains unchanged. The suffering of the people of the area has become more extreme as the flood waters have entered the locality under the flood control dam of Hatia Union of the upazila. Around 20,000 people of Bajra, Thetrai, Gunaigach, Daldalia, Hatia, Buraburi, Begumganj and Saheb Alga Unions of the Upazila surrounded by Brahmaputra and Teesta rivers have been flooded. 

Flood-affected people have fled their homes and taken refuge in embankment roads, high and safe places. The flood-hit people in the area are spending their days in the flood without eating. The flood victims are in dire straits with the elderly and children. The people are facing crisis of clean water, food, dry food, medicine and baby food in these flood affected areas. The food crisis of cattle is also intensifying in the flood-hit areas. Rabi-grains including seedbeds and jute fields are also submerged in water. Normal traffic is being disrupted as unpaved roads are submerged and broken by the current. Banana rafts and boats are now their only means of communication. Waterborne diseases have spread in the flood-hit areas.

According to the Kurigram Water Development Board, the water level of Brahmaputra River at Sankan Nunkhawa point at Sasan and Chilmari point at 36 cm at 8 am on Thursday. And the water of Dharla River at Kurigram Sadar point is 20 cm above the danger level. Flowing over. However, the danger level is 30 cm at Pony Kaunia point of Teesta River. Flowing through the bottom.

According to the Upazila Education Officer and the Secondary Education Office, 56 primary schools and 15 secondary schools are closed due to the floods.

Meanwhile, although public-private relief efforts have been started, it is still insufficient compared to the number of affected people. Many are complaining of not getting relief aid in most of the flood-hit areas.

Ichimon Begum of Kalatia Para of Hatia Union of the upazila said, I have been eating rice powder for 8-10 days. It has not been possible to cook since the flood waters increased. The chairman and UP members have not yet given relief.

Flood victim Manjila Begum said she had left her child in someone else's house. Accidents can happen at any moment due to floods.

All the 30-35 families who took shelter in the dam road of Hatia Union of the upazila said that they are suffering from the problem of clean water and toilets.

BM Abdul Wahab Shah, general secretary of the Bangladesh Health Assistants Association in the upazila, said the people who took shelter in the flood control dam in Hatia Union did not have access to clean water and sanitation, which could lead to outbreaks of disease. Therefore, he sought the attention of the authorities to take necessary action.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer Bipul Kumar said Tk 2 lakh has been allocated for dry food, Tk 3.5 lakh for baby food and cow feed. These will be bought and packaged and distributed within two days.