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Relief scanty for Kurigram flood victims

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Published: 16:08, 11 July 2024

Update: 16:09, 11 July 2024

Relief scanty for Kurigram flood victims

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The flood victims in Kurigram have been struggling being stranded in flood water and many of them are yet get the government relief.

The flood situation in the district has worsened as water levels of 16 rivers, including the Brahmaputra, Dharla, Teesta, and Dudhkumar, continue to rise, exacerbating the plight of thousands of residents.

Flood victims said many families are spending nights on boats and the relief given by the local administration is quiet inadequate.

Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Saidul Arif reported alarming water levels in key points of the Brahmaputra River. At Chilmari point, the river is currently flowing 49 cm above the danger mark, while it reaches 71 cm at Hatia point and 34 cm at Nunkhawa point. Similarly, the Dharla River is surpassing danger levels by 8 cm at Bridge point, and the Dudhkumar river by 3 cm at Pateshwari point.

The rising water levels of Brahmaputra, Dudhkumar, and Dharla rivers have submerged vast swathes of land, affecting 1,35,057 people in 55 unions in nine upazilas of Kurigram, the DC said.

The affected upazilas are- Phulbari, Bharungamari, Nageshwari, Kurigram Sadar, Ulipur, Rajarhat, Chilmari, Roumari, Char Rajibpur.

Local upazila representatives, however, estimate the actual number of stranded people to exceed 2 lakh, with 458 families lost their homes due to river banks erosions.

In addition to displacing families, the floods have severely impacted education.

According to district officials, 398 educational institutions are inundated and three were washed away.

Besides, approximately 7,350 hectares of crop land have been inundated.

The situation is dire for many families who are unable to cook due to the inundation, prompting them to seek refuge elsewhere.

So far, 542 metric tons of rice, along with 23,790 packets of dry food, have been distributed among flood victims.

Additionally, 83 medical teams have been deployed in the flood-hit areas.