Torrential rains over the week have triggered flooding, landslide and river erosion leaving at least 110 persons killed in Bangladesh.
A huge population in the eastern and northern part of the country have been marooned as flood situation continued to worsen due to the rains and the onrush of waters from the hills beyond the borders.
The current monsoon bringing heavy rains and early flooding this year has also disrupted road, air and train communications. Chittagong airport went under water, an important railway bridge collapsed, many district roads were inundated and embankments collapsed in the affected areas.
Standing crops, vegetation, tea gardens and fish farming have been damaged in different districts bringing a huge economic loss to the country.
Meanwhile, the national parliament on Wednesday adopted a condolence motion for the loss of lives and property in three south-eastern districts – Chittagong, Bandarban and Cox’s Bazaar due to heavy downpour and hill slide.
Speaker Abdul Hamid read out the condolence motion and expressed deep shock at the death of people and conveyed sympathy to the bereaved families. He also prayed for early recovery of the injured.
According to latest count on Thursday, at least 110 people have been killed inChittagong, Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban due to landslides, house collapses, drowning and lightning following torrential rains over the past several days.
Of the casualties, 41 were killed in Cox’s Bazar, 36 in Bandarban, 31 inChittagongand two in Sylhet, according to official information on Thursday.
The Disaster Management and Relief Division of the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management in a statement on Wednesday afternoon said each of the families of the deceased was provided Tk 20,000.
The government has also allocated 1,450 metric tonnes of rice and Tk 10 million to feed and help the distressed people.
Flight operation disrupted
Flights to and from Shah Amanat International Airport in the port city of Chittagong remained disrupted for 36 hours due to rainwater overflowed the runway. Flight operations became normal from Thursday morning as water were pumped out of the runway.
Trains from Dhaka and Sylhet are now terminating at Sitakunda, 35 km ahead of Chittagong railway station as an important rail bridge was washed away in the surging waters on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Army has been engaged to repair the broken bridge. It would take 15 days to restore normal trains service on the route, the Communication and Railway Minister Obaidul Quader confirmed.
Thousands marooned by flood
A village at Satkania upazila in Chittagongis inundated. Two rivers were flowing over the normal level Wednesday due to the huge run-off from the hills, flooding many villages.
Heavy rain and onrush of hill water for the last couple of days have worsened flood situation in the tea growing region of Sylhet bordering Indian hill states of Meghalaya, Assamand Tripura.
Sufferings of Sylhet city dwellers mounted as more residences and main thoroughfares went under flood water.
The flood situation in Gowainghat, Kanaighat, Zakiganj, Companiganj and Golapganj upazila of Sylhet worsened as all big and small rivers including Surma and Kushiara crossed their danger marks, officials said.
Road communications of Kanaighat and Gowainghat upazilas with the district headquarters were snapped due to the flood water.
In Jaflong tea growing areas, plantation workers had to be shifted to safer place due to inundation of their colonies while stone and boulder collecting business came to a halt in the area leaving thousand of day labourers jobless.
Gowainghat, Kanaighat and Companiganj sub-district head-quarters are now under 2-3 feet water since Tuesday afternoon. Villagers in the three upazilas became marooned as all the roads went under 3 feet water. Many families took shelter at school buildings.
In the northern district of Lalmonirhat, more people of low lying villages became marooned as fresh areas went under flood water in the last couple of days. River erosion also left hundreds of people homeless as the major rivers of Brahmmaputra, and Jamuna were flowing above their danger level in a strong current and whirling.
Heavy rainfall and water rushing from hills across the border triggered the flash flood, Lalmonirhat Water Development Board officials said.
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