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Thousands offer Eid prayers in knee-deep water

 Khulna Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 06:53 PM, 25 May 2020   Updated: 08:02 PM, 22 June 2020

Thousands offer Eid prayers in knee-deep water

Thousands offer Eid prayers in knee-deep water

Thousands of people of Koyra Upazila in Khulna offered Eid-ul-Fitr prayers standing in knee-deep water as cyclone Amphan flooded several villages of the Upazila after breaking embankments at 11 points. People are forced to offer Eid prayers standing in knee-deep water. They repaired the embankment at the voluntary to perform the prayers.

It has been seen on the spot that the water in the flooded area has not yet receded after the embankment was broken. On Monday morning, the villagers repaired the embankment adjacent to the sluice gate of Koira village No. 2 of the upazila. Later, at 11 am, they performed Eid prayers in knee-deep water.

Md Humayun Kabir, Sadar union chairman of Koyra upazila, said the high tidal surge during Wednesday night’s cyclone destroyed the embankment constructed by the Water Development Board (WDB) to protect the area. “More than 2,500 people attended the Eid congregation standing in water,” he said adding that thousands more attended two other congregations the same way.

Thousands offer Eid prayers in knee-deep water

Kabir said he led the first congregation and former upazila chairman AKM Tomij Uddin led the second one. After attending the Eid congregation, Koyra Upazila Chairman SM Shafiqul Islam said the upazila administration arranged hotchpotch for the people.

Cyclone ‘Amphan’ battered the coastal districts of Bangladesh with a wind speed of up to 180kph and over 10 feet tidal surges on May 20. The storm broke dams at 11 places in Koyra upazila and flooded the locality. Koira Sadar, North Bedkashi, South Bedkashi, Maharajpur UP were flooded. There was extensive damage to plants, mud houses, roads and crops. Thousands of people are passing days under the open sky.

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