Fresh flood in Gaibandha after cutting embankment

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Floodwater entered the homes of the villages and the roads and standing crops went underwater

A number of villages in Bongram union of Sadullapur upazila in Gaibandha have been flooded afresh following the cutting of a portion of the flood control embankment by some unidentified persons at PuranLaxmipur area of Sadullapur upazila on Wednesday.

Executive Engineer Mokhlasur Rahman,Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), Gaibandha, said, when water level of the Ghaghot River fell significantly and was flowing below under the danger level, some unidentified persons cut the dyke in the area on Wednesday and as a result a number of villages of Bongram union under Sadullapur upazila were flooded creating untold sufferings to the people of the villages.

Floodwater entered the homes of the villages and the roads and standing crops went underwater, he also said.

Upazila Agriculture Officer Khazanur Rahman said, around 4,000 hectares of T-Aman paddy and 210 hectares of vegetables went under water in Joynpur, TalukManduaand and Hobibullahpur villages.

As the seedlings of T-Aman paddy have the possibility to be damaged for being underwater, the affected farmers were advised to be ready for farming early varieties of robi crops like mustard, wheat and maize on their land just after recession of the flood water to recoup their losses.

Deputy Director (DD) of the department of agricultural extension (DAE) Masudur Rahman said16,860 hectares of T-Aman paddy land and 555 hectares of vegetable land including 210 hectares of black gram of the district went underwater.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer AKM Idris Ali said, around 150,000 people of the district have been marooned due to the flood and 125 tons of rice, cash Tk5 lakh and Tk4 lakh for cattle feed have been sanctioned for the flood victims of the district so far.

Apart from this, 1,300 packets of dried food were also distributed to the people of flood affected areas of the district, he added.

Executive Engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) Md Mokhlasur Rahman said a case has been filed with the Sadullapur Thana accusing some unidentified persons for cutting the embankment at the area.

Masudur Rahman,officer in charge of Sadullapur police station, said they were trying to arrest the criminals who cut the government dyke on Wednesday and created untold sufferings to the people.

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