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Flash flood : 100,000 Moulvibazar people marooned

Roads and streets have gone under water

Flash floods have damaged embankments and roads, leaving more than 100,000 people in three upazilas in Moulvibazar marooned without adequate food and drinking water.

Many victims from Kamalganj, Rajnagar and Kulaura upazilas have taken refuge in educational institutions and embankments that are still intact. They are yet to receive relief materials.

Moulvibazar district administration has said that 40 tonnes of rice and Tk115,000 have been allocated for seven upazilas on Monday afternoon.

Agricultural officials have hinted at possible losses, saying it will be difficult to save the crops. It will complicate the situation and may force many of the flood victims to starve.

Flash floods in April inundated more than 1,400 hectares of Boro paddy fields in the district and affected hundreds of thousands of families.

Meanwhile, the floods show no sign of improvement Monu River continues to flow 90cm above the danger level.

In Rajnagar, 50 villages were flooded in two unions after the dyke on the Monu River was breached at four points. At least 30,000 villagers have been marooned in Kamarchak and Tengra unions.

Kamarchak union’s Chairman Najmul Haq said more than 20,000 residents of his union had been affected directly.

Hundreds of families took refuge in unused buildings, schools or moved to their relatives’ houses after their villages were inundated on early Sunday night.

Rajnagar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Mohammad Shariful Islam said relief would be distributed on Tuesday.

In Kulaura, at least 10,000 people were left stranded after 30 villages were flooded earlier this week.

Meanwhile, at least 71,000 people in 88 villages under Kamalganj’s five unions have been marooned. The streets have gone under water.

“The flood this time is different and it will be very difficult to save the crops,” the upazila’s Agricultural Officer Mohammad Shamsuddin said.

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