Sep 5, 2013
Thousands of people of Bhola and Feni have been marooned after flood control embankments collapsed and submerged large areas on the coastal areas.
In six upazilas of Bhola, strong tides damaged embankments and sea water flooded nearly a hundred villages, leaving over 200,000 people marooned.
Over the last four months, the area has been inundated by sea water seven different times.
When the tropical storm Mahasen swept across the coastal region, tidal surges that followed severely damaged infrastructure in the area and washed away over 20km of flood control embankments, which are yet to be repaired.
Local residents said the damage embankments could not stop flooding, especially when there were unusually high tides. Over 100 villages have been submerged by sea water in Bhola sadar, Char Burhanuddin, Daulatkhan, Manpura, Tazimuddin and Char Fasson.
Communication in these areas has become difficult as roads and other infrastructure have been washed away by rising tidal water, flooding streets and crop land.