Flood water rising in Lakshmipur, houses being inundated...

Flood water rising in Lakshmipur, houses being inundated

 Shaker Mohammad Russel, Lakshmipur daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:43 PM, 15 August 2022   Updated: 09:43 PM, 15 August 2022

Water has entered various houses and educational institutions

Water has entered various houses and educational institutions

The low-lying areas of Raipur and Ramgati-Kamalnagar of Lakshmipur have been inundated by tidal water of the Meghna River for several days. Houses are also destroyed by water. Croplands of many have been submerged. A few fish cages were washed away. However, the water started to rise further from Sunday. As a result, the people of these areas have become confounded.

About 13 unions including Char Martin, Char Kalkini, Char Falkan, Patirirhat of Kamalnagar upazila, Char Ramani Mahan of Sadar, North Char Bangshi of Raipur, South Char Bangshi and Char Abdullah of Ramgati have already been inundated in tidal water.

According to the locals, more than three feet of water have entered the coast. Homesteads, roads, ponds, educational institutions and croplands have been submerged. Besides, severe erosion has taken place along the coast. Classes are being disrupted in various educational institutions along the coast due to the sudden inflow of water.

The locals say large areas of Ramgati and Kamalnagar upazilas have submerged under the river during the last four days’ tide. The inland road has been broken by the strong tidal currents and the pull of the tide.

Faruque Ahmed, an executive engineer of Lakshmipur Water Development Board, said that the water of the Meghna River has risen by three feet compared to the normal tide and flooded the coastal areas. As it is monsoon, there is a strong current in the river. It is not possible to build a dam. There is also a sand crisis. When these crises are over, the river bank protection dam work will start.

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