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2 lakh more people marooned in Chattogram

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The flood situation has worsened further in the district as new areas went under water in 15 upazilas on Wednesday, leaving 2 lakh more people marooned.

With this, a total of 8.5 lakh people were left homeless in the upazilas amid power disruption and a scarcity of food and drinking water.

Under the situation, the flood victims have sought more relief materials.
Meanwhile, the government has allocated Tk 7 million in cash and 100 tonnes of rice and 21,000 packets of dry food for the flood-affected people, said State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Enamur Rahman on Wednesday.

Although the intensity of rain reduced significantly in the city areas since early Wednesday, the hilly onrush and rise in the water level of different rivers deteriorated flood the situation in the upazilas.

Met office in the city’s Patenga area recorded 27mm rainfall in the last 24 hours till 3:00pm on Wednesday.

Light to moderate rain may continue at most of the places while moderately heavy to heavy fall at some places of Chattogram and neighbouring areas, it said.

Meanwhile, the body of a youth who went missing after his boat overturned in the Halda River was recovered while four other people, including three children, went missing in floodwater in Raozan and Satkania upazilas respectively.

Several lakh people of south Chattogram were still staying without electricity while road communications to and from Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban remained snapped.
Sources at the District Relief and Rehabilitation Office said around 8.5 lakh people remained marooned in the 15 upazilas of the district due to the flood.

The body of a missing youth was recovered from a branch of the Halda River at Noapara in Raozan upazila on Wednesday morning.

Sub-inspector Mahfuzul Hasan of River Police Halda outpost said deceased Shahed Hossain Babu was returning from his agro farm at Urkirchar under the upazila.

At one stage, Babu fell into the river water as his boat overturned, he said, adding that he went missing shortly after the accident.

Locals spotted his body in the river and informed police of the matter, Mahfuzul said, adding that they later recovered it.

In Satkania, four people, including three children, went missing while moving to a shelter centre by a boat on Tuesday.

Sources said a total of eight persons were travelling by the boat in Charoti village under the upazila. At one stage, the boat turned upside down due to high tide.

Four of them managed to swim ashore while the rest four, including three children, were washed away by the floodwater.

Situation worsens in Satkania

At least 17 unions of Satkania upazila were submerged by the flood and hilly onrush caused due to the heavy rainfall.

Some 2 lakh people of the flood-affected areas were suffering from food and drinking water crisis.

The Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) office and Satkania police station were also inundated by the flood.

Road communications were hampered severely as all the roads more or less went under water.

UNO Milton Biswas also got detached due to waterlogging on his office premises and snapped mobile phone network, said sources.

On the other hand, as the damaged electric poles and distribution lines could not be restored, most of the people of eight upazilas stayed without power for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.

They were also facing mobile network problem at some places.

Communications on Ctg-Cox’s Bazar, Ctg-Bandarban highways remain snapped

The vehicular movement on the Chattogram-Bandarban highway remained snapped for the third successive day while that on Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar highway for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.

Sources said the road communications with Bandarban were cut off on Monday due to the flood and hilly onrush. Later, road transport with Cox’s Bazar was also cut off on Tuesday morning.

Water submerged the highway from Joara Khanhat to Gasbaria and Hashimpur of Chandanaish upazila, Keranihat and Bazalia of Satkania upazila, forcing hundreds of vehicles to remain stranded on both sides.

Assistant Superintendant of Police (ASP) Nasim Khan of Chattogram Highway Circle said the Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar highway was flooded at a number of points, including Hashimpur, Dohazari and Keranihat.

There was knee-deep to waist-deep water in some of the points, he said, adding that many vehicles developed trouble on the road as water entered those.

However, water was receding slowly from the road as rains have reduced, ASP Nasim added.

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