Flood engulfs 29 more villages in Satkhira

Cry for food, drinking water
Source: The Daily Star, October 5, 2000

The overall flood situation in the south-western frontier districts of Satkhira and Jessore has deteriorated further, according to our correspondents and news agencies.

Flood water engulfed fresh areas in Sadar, Tala, and Kulia upazilas. At least 29 more villages went under water in Kushkhali, Bashdoha, Boikari, Ghona, Alipur, Agordari and Bhomra unions under Sadar upazila in the last 24 hours.

Rupban Banu, a 36-year-old women from Kakonda village weeps as her other family members wait to register their name at a flood shelter in Shtkhira yesterday. the unexpected flood affected three million people in eight district.



Source: The Daily Star, October 5, 2000

The Kushkhali-Boikari border embankment collapsed at Khoitola, Chowkighata and Baghabari points on Monday, submerging vast areas.

Two persons drowned in Sadar upazila. They were identified as Zohra Khatun, 30, of village Kaliari and Shahidul Islam, 35, of Kathanda. Two others Wahed Bux, 60, and Naimuddin, 30, died in wall collapse.

Hundreds of people in the affected villages have taken shelter on rooftops or trees. They are awaiting evacuation and relief, especially food and drinking water.

Marooned people are virtually starving. No relief material has reached them. Only two BAF helicopters started air dropping of food yesterday which continued today.

Flood water is overflowing Satkhira-Bhomra road at different points and may inundate Bhomra land port and vast areas

in the district. Road communication between Satkhira and Bhomra has been snapped due to onrush of water.

Flood water inundated the border outposts (BOPs) of Boikari, Kushkhali, Toluigachi and Ghona. BDR personnel took shelter on the roofs of the BOPs.

Over 100 families from flood affected areas of Jessore and Satkhira districts have come to Khulna city to find shelter. Most of them came by trains on Tuesday and took shelter at the railway station and various other places.

The IWTA terminal was also being crowded by the distressed men, women and children.

These people have lost their houses, washed away by flood waters. These families do not have any means to arrange food, they are now looking for jobs.

Personal belong IWTA of some other families were looted by miscreants while on way to Khulna.

"We need relief and shelter for our survival", said members of some families whose houses were washed away by the strong currents of swelling rivers and overland flows in the deluge-hit areas of Satkhira district.

The influx of flood affected people into Khulna city is likely to increase, creating an adverse impact riot only on the economy, but also on law and order and public health, said heads of different NGOs, who have reportedly decided to give relief either in cash or in kind or both.

Agrani Bank has taken up a crash programme to rehabilitate the flood-hit people. It has suspended leave of all its personnel in Khulna division. With a view to assess loan requirement of the affected people, the bank has put all their executives, officers and staff members on alert.

Flood situation in Chowgachha upazila of Jessore further deteriorated today due to the onrush of water from Moshampur canal.

The entire Pasapole union of the upazila and nearby Churamankathi union of Jessore sadar upazila are likely to be affected any time, locals said.

The overall flood situation in Sharsa upazila has slightly improved but a large number of marooned families are still waiting for rescue and relief.

No medical team reached the villages of Lakshanpur, Hamidpur, Narikelbaria, Sharatola, Dehi, Salkona, Salta, Khamarpara, Muktadaha and Nirampur.

Nearly one lakh people have been marooned in Chowgachha, Jhikorgachha, Monirampur and Keshabpur, according to latest reports.

Flood situation in Mohespur and Kotchandpur upazilas is improving as water started receding slowly.

The flood water level came down by about three feet in the last 26 hours. People have started returning to their houses.

According to Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), the situation in Kushtia, Meherpur and Chuadanga is also likely to improve further in the next 24 hours.

The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Padma recorded fall at all points.

The Kushiyara at Amalshid was flowing 46 cm above the danger mark as its water level rose by 130 cm today.

Out of the 46 water level monitoring stations of the centre, eight recorded rise in water levels, 34 recorded fall and one a steady level.


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