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Paknar Haor Dam breaches in Sunamganj, new areas inundated

New areas in Jamalganj upazila of Sunamganj District inundated after cracks appeared at different points on the embankment of Paknar Haor last night.

All measures taken by locals to save the dam along the Paknar Haor failed due to excessive rains and onrush of upstream hill waters, our local correspondent reports quoting Nurul Huda, chairman of Sunamganj District Council.

About 8,000 hectors of fresh cropland have so far gone under the water, said Prashun Kumar Chakrabarti, upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Jamalganj.

“The effort of thousands of people to save the embankment was praiseworthy, but we lost it last night, said the UNO.

After cracks appeared on the embankment at Oraorkandi point around 5:00am, the water washed away huge amount of Boro paddy, Prashun Kumar said.

Paknar Haor was the lone haor which remained safe after onrush water damaged Shanir Haor in Tahirpur upazila of the district on Sunday.

The gushing water entered through the breach and inundated many villages, which affected the livelihoods in the northeastern people seriously.

An unusually early flashflood struck as early as late March in entire haor region of Bangladesh’s northeast and damaged Boro crops in 1.8 lakh hectares of land in Sunamganj, Netrakona, Moulvibazar and some other adjoining districts.

Conservative estimates put the loss of rice at half a million tonnes.

According to statistics disclosed by the government yesterday, around 1,276 tonnes of fish and 3,844 ducks died in the haors where the level of dissolved oxygen dropped.

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