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70,000 people stranded after flash flood in Moulvibazar

Around 70,000 people of Moulvibazar’s Kulaura and Jury upazila have become waterlogged following the torrential rainfall of last four days

Incessant downpour in the last few days coupled with the onrush of water flowing downhill has inundated vast areas of two upazilas in Moulvibazar, causing immense sufferings to around 70,000 people living in these areas.

At least 43 villages in Moulvibazar’s Kulaura and Juri upazila have been affected in the recent flash flood. Eight families were hit by landslides following the heavy rainfall in Juri upazila.

According to local sources, rainfall started in various parts of the two upazila from Saturday and continued till Tuesday.

Kulaura’s Bhukshimile Union Parishad Chairman Azizur Rahman Manir said around 45,000 people were waterlogged in his union. He said he had contacted the upazila administration and asked for relief materials for the affected people.

Chairman of Kulaura’s Joychandi union Kamar Uddin Ahmed Kamru said the water level there has increased and started entering people’s houses. “At least 5,000 people have become waterlogged in my union,” said Kamru.

“Shelter centres have been launched in Chhokapon Primary School and Chhokapon High School and College,” said Kulaura’s kadirpur UP Chairman Abdus Salam.

Meanwhile, a small hill collapsed on the residence of Rowshan Ara Khanam, a reserved women’s seat councilor of Jayfornagar and a permanent resident of Juri’s Gucchhagram area due to excessive rainfall on Sunday.

Rest of the family members managed to come out of the house while Rawshan got stuck in the mud.

Later, local people recovered her and took her to the hospital for primary treatment.

Many people in this area have left their homes and taken shelter in the adjacent KB Ehiya Primary School.

Chairman of West Jury union Srikanta Das said roads and street of the village have been flooded.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Kulaura Chowdhury Md Golam Rabbi told that shelter centres have been prepared in some areas.

“District administration has allocated around 106 tonnes of rice ahead of Eid-ul-Fitr,” he added.