Flood situation further deteriorates in Jamalpur


JAMALPUR, July 16, 2019 (BSS) – Overall flood situation in the district aggravated further as the mighty Jamuna continued to swell up submerging more areas and affecting about three lakh people.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Office said 1307 families took shelter in 19 flood shelter centers in Islampur and eight flood shelter in Dewanganj Upazila.

With the rising of water level 47 unions out of 68 unions of seven Upazilas of the district have been affected by flood.

Of the unions 9 in Islampur, 7 in Madarganj, 8 in Dewanganj, 4 in Bakshiganj, 7 in Sarishabari, 8 in Melandaha and 4 in Jamalpur Sadar Upazila.

Water Development Board sources said during the last 24 hours Jamuna rose by 40 cm and was flowing 140 cm over the danger mark at Bahadurabad Ghat point till 12 noon today.

Railway sources said as flood water entered Dewanganj railway station all trains are playing up to Islampur station instead of Dewanganj station from this morning.

Department of Agriculture Extension sources, standing crops on 8,192 hectares of land including Aush paddy on 1,983 hectares, T-Aman seeds bed on 865 hectares, jute on 3510 hectares, vegetables on 1697 hectares, Banana grove on 47 hectares and Chilli on 90 hectares went under flood water.

District primary Education Officer, Md Shahidul Islam said classes in 298 primary schools have been suspended due to flood in. Beside 61 high school, 29 Madrasa and 5 college also were closed down as flood water entered those institutions.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer said 310 metric tonnes rice, Taka 5.50 lakh and 2,000 packets of dry food were so far distributed among the flood victims.