Bangladesh: High Tide Floods 30 Villages Inland in Bhola

Flood water has submerged the yard of a homestead at Hazariganj village in Charfashion upazila of Bhola district. Photo: Star

Jul 13, 2014

At least 30 villages under Monpura and Charfashion upazilas of the district have been flooded due to high tide under the impact of full moon.
The worst affected villages in Monpura upazila are Kulagazir Taluk, Kauar Tek, Iswar Ganj, Hajir Char, Char Faijuddin, Char Jatin, Taltola, Char Goalia and South Sakuchia.
People of the villages said water from the Meghna River entered the villages on Saturday evening through the open flood control dyke in South Sakuchia and Monpura unions.
Around 10.5 kilometres area of the flood control dyke in both upazilas collapsed last year, but the authorities concerned didn't take steps to repair the dyke during dry season.
According to contractor Ohidullah Kajol, also chairman of South Sakucia Union Parishad, he got the work order to repair 4.5 kilometres damaged portion of the embankment in June this year. “It is quite impossible to finish the work in the rainy season,” the contractor said.
According to Water Development Board (Div-2) and local sources, a 5.5 kilometres area of the flood control dyke on the eastern and western sides of South Sakucia union and a 5 kilometres area of the dyke in Monpura union have remained open for one year and water entering the villages of the unions through the breached portions.
In Charfashion upazila, the affected villages are Mohammadpur, Hamidpur, Char Newton, Char Afzal, East Madras, Miajan Pur, Ayeshabag, Aslampur, Jahanpur, Omrabaz, East and West Hazariganj and Mafijabad villages.
Water from the Megna entered the villages through the breached portion of the flood control dyke that has remained without repair for one year.
Around a 5 kilometres area of the embankment collapsed during high tide under the impact of full moon last year.
Jahangir Hossain, a vegetable grower of Char Afzal village, said cucumbers on his 40 decimals of land have gone under water.
Masuda Begum, a housewife of East Madras village, said she could not prepare Sehri and Iftar last night as her house has been inundated.
Maolana Rafiuddin, Imam of Mafizabad Jame Mosque, said devotees of the village could not offer prayers in the mosque as the mosque has gone under 2 to 3 feet water
Abdul Hekim, executive engineer of the Water Development Board (Div-2) said the rainy season affects the repair work of the dykes in both upazilas.
Our Jhalakathi correspondent adds: Water level has increased from 2 to 3 feet from regular ebb tide in all areas of the district, locals said.
Farmlands and homestead, betel and banana gardens have got flooded due to high tide. The gangway at all ferry terminals have been submerged at yesterday noon.

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Comment by Khan on July 16, 2014 at 6:08am

SourceTidal flooding continues in Bangladesh

Jul 15, 2014

People all across Chittagong are suffering from tidal flooding for the fourth in consecutive day in Bangladesh.

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Comment by Khan on July 15, 2014 at 3:19am

100 villages flooded as dykes in Patuakhali, Barguna collapse

Jul 15, 2014

Ten villages in Nazirpur area and, five villages in Charipara area under Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali district got flooded following collapse of the flood control dykes in the areas due to strong tidal surge under the impact of full moon. Photo: Star

 

Over 100 villages in Patuakhali and Barguna districts have been flooded following collapse of the flood control dykes in the last two days. Locals and Water Development Board sources said high tide under the impact of full moon led to the collapse of the dykes in nine upazilas of the two districts. Of the flood-hit villages, 25 are in Kalapara, five in Dumki, 10 each in Patuakhali Sadar, Baufal and Galachipa upazilas of Patuakhali district; 20 in Taltoli, 25 in Amtali, five each in Bamna and Barguna Sadar upazilas of Barguna district. In Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali, a newly built alternative dyke along the Ramnabad River bank in Charipara area was washed away by tidal surge on Sunday. Thousands acres of agricultural land in 13 villages have gone under saline water. The worst affected villages are Charipara, Nayakata, Chowdhurypara, Nowapara, munshipara, Pasuribunia, Chotopachnon and Baropachnon The alternative dyke was built only two months ago at a cost of Tk 13 crore, a source in Kalapara WDB said. Due to heavy rainfall in the last two days and the impact of full moon, water levels in different rivers and canals in the district have marked a sharp rise. Many areas in Patuakhali town, including Katpatti, Chawkbazar, Charpara, Nutan Bazar, Women's College Road, Puran Bazar,

Ten villages in Nazirpur area and, five villages in Charipara area under Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali district got flooded following collapse of the flood control dykes in the areas due to strong tidal surge under the impact of full moon. Photo: Star

 

Shimulbagh, Muslimpara, Adalatpara, Nawabpara, Centre Para and launchghat area, got flooded yesterday as water entered the areas, overflowing the flood control dyke and through sluice gates. Patuakhali Municipality Mayor Dr Md Shafiqul Islam alleged that tidal water entered the town as construction work of the town protection dyke was not done properly. “We asked the officials of the Water Development Board to take immediate measures to save the town,” the mayor said. Tariquzzaman Tara, chairman of Lalua Union Parishad, said the flood victims have taken shelter on nearby dyke. They are facing crises of food and safe drinking water. Away in Pirojpur, all the villages under different unions on both sides of Kawcha, Sandha, Kaliganga and Baleshwar rivers have been inundated as water levels in the rivers marked a rise in the last two days due to the impact of full moon. The affected unions are Sankarpasha, Kawlakhali and Sariktawla unions in Pirojpur Sadar upazila; Parerhat, Pattashi and Balipara unions in Zianagar upazila; Kawkhali, Amrajhuri and Chirapara unions in Kawkhali upazila; Telekhali union in Bhandaria upazila; Baromachhua, Sapleza and Tushkhali unions in Mathbaria upazila; Malikhali, Dewlbari Dobra and Kawlerdoaniya unions in Nazirpur upazila. Sarupkathi municipality in Nesarabad upazila has gone under water, reports our correspondent. While visiting Togra village along the Kawcha River in Zianagar upazila, this correspondent found that all the dwelling houses at the village have been submerged due to collapse of a dyke in the area. “The situation may worsen as Kawcha River continues to swell,” said Md Abdul Latif, a villager of Togra village.

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