Kurigram flood situation remains unchanged

The floods have killed 19 people, including nine children, in the district
Kurigram, July 27 – The overall flood situation in Kurigram district showed no sign of improvement on Saturday as Brahmaputra and Dharala rivers kept flowing above the danger level.The sufferings of around a million flood-hit people worsened due to acute shortage of food, drinking water, sanitation and fodder.
Deputy Commissioner Sultana Parveen said at least 19 people, including nine children, drowned and two women remained missing in the district.
The water level of the Brahmaputra River at Chilmari point was 19cm above the danger level while Dharala River was flowing 21cm above the danger level at Setu point in the morning.
Dr SM Aminul Islam, Kurigram Civil Surgeon, said 85 medical teams were working in the flood-hit area. The victims are being supplied with drinking water, water purification tablets and saline.
The District Administration’s control room sources said 894 villages in 73 unions were inundated in the district. About 20,000 hectares of cropland were flooded while 1,337km road, 41 bridges and culverts, and 9,734 tube-wells were damaged.
More than 72,024 people took shelter at 186 centres.
The district administration has distributed 1,000 metric tonnes of rice, Tk 9 lakh in cash, and 2,000 packets of dry food among the flood victims.
Besides, 6,428 metric tonnes of rice have distributed among 4,28,525 affected families (15kgs for each family) ahead of Eid-ul-Azha, he added. – UNB