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Flood situation worsens in Netrakona district

Magra, Dhanu rivers cross danger marks

| Updated: July 14, 2020 15:24:07

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A number of houses have gone under waist-deep water for flooding in Pogla union under Kamlakanda upazila of Netrakona — FE Photo A number of houses have gone under waist-deep water for flooding in Pogla union under Kamlakanda upazila of Netrakona — FE Photo

Netrakona, Jul 13: Flood situation in Netrakona has taken an alarming turn as the Magra and Dhanu rivers are flowing above their danger levels.

The rain-fed rivers associated with the waters rushing from hills have aggravated the flooding in the last few days.

About 200 villages in Madan, Kalmakanda, Durgapur, Barhatta and Mohangonj upazilas have been affected by the flood.

Some 50,000 families in 35 unions have remained stranded.

As the water levels of the rivers continue to rise, a large number of vegetable fields, Aman seedbeds and fish farms are being washed away in different areas of the district, causing huge losses to the farmers.

Aman farmers are particularly in trouble. Their seedbeds have got swamped and even those who were trying to prepare seedbeds are losing their grown paddy.

As a result, farmers of the district are greatly worried about their targeted Aman production.

Several hundred homesteads in the low-lying areas have been submerged.

People of the district are in tension and fear as the water levels of the rivers keep swelling every day.

Till today, no government assistance has reached the affected areas.

Touhid Ullah, Babul, Sattar and Rahim, residents of Govindshree Guchh village, said many families have moved to the adjacent village as water entered their houses on Sunday.

"Even though our income has stopped, so far no one has come to see us, nor have we received any government aid," said one of them.

Syed Shafiqul Islam Nayan, a resident of Madan Dakshinpara village, Asad Milky, a fish farmer from Fatehpur village, Anna Mia from Baghmara village and Al Mahboob Alam of the municipality area, said the fish ponds have been submerged due to sudden rise in river waters. This has caused them a substantial loss.

Aman farmer Injil Khan of Fatehpur village, Babul Mia of Baghmara village and Arab Ali of Madan village said their seedbeds have gone under water.

Again, those who were trying to make a seedbed are also losing their paddy.

As a result, they are worried about the crisis of the next Aman season.

Habibur Rahman, deputy director of the Department of Agriculture Extension, said, "I have received news that vegetable fields and seedbeds in low-lying areas have been submerged due to sudden rise in water.

A meeting has been held with the field workers in this regard. The amount of damage will be known soon."

Mainul Islam, deputy commissioner of Netrakona, said, "The flood situation in the areas is being monitored and a required quantity of rice has been distributed among the victims."

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