Flood victims in dire food crisis – Bhorer Kagoj

  • Demand to open langarkhana to save people

From the flood-hit areas of Sylhet: Large areas of Sylhet-Sunamganj have been affected by the catastrophic floods. Millions of homeless people have lost the ability to dream. One flood after another flooded the area, making it look as if a large river had appeared overnight. Most of the areas of Sylhet-Sunamganj have been reduced to rubble due to the floods. The paddy fields are now full of mud and rubbish. Village after village no school, hospital, temple or mosque can be seen. Only water and water. People travel from place to place in small boats or on rafts made of banana and bamboo. As soon as they see someone transporting relief, their eyes light up. Such is the picture of the flood-hit area of ​​Sylhet-Sunamganj on Wednesday.

Eight days after the flood, the water level in the Surma River has gradually receded and the situation has improved in some parts of Sylhet. However, as the water level of Kushiyara River continues to rise, large areas of Sylhet including Balaganj, Osmaninagar, Golapganj, Beanibazar, Zakiganj are being flooded. This is increasing misery. Besides, there has been severe food crisis in the flood-hit areas. Although the government has promised adequate relief, flood victims say they have not eaten. On the other hand, the well-wishers say that the government should open a ‘langarkhana’ for at least the next two months to save the people from the food crisis.

Water everywhere in flood prone areas. But there is not a drop of food. Pramila Rani Sarkar of Khagra village, near Bagher Road Bazaar in Gowainghat, Sylhet, said on Wednesday about the scene outside the house and her own miserable situation. I will take away everything that is in the house. ‘ Pointing to the sari he was wearing, he said, “This cloth is also given by Dipti Rani of the next room.” He lamented, “I was staying at home to get married in Huru Poya,” and “I also had a dream to bring a beautiful wife.” But the water of the river has washed away everything, including the dream. A little further on, on the muddy verandah of the Shubhasi Rani Sarkar’s house, Kachu was cut off. Inside the house, there is nothing to say about furniture. They are throwing a few tins on the ground and walking on it. Four days later today (Wednesday) they will eat rice. I will take everything away. ‘ I left the shop in the morning and brought the remaining 2 kg of rice. Let’s cook and eat dried kachu. ‘ He said that no one gave them relief even in such a disaster. The Sylhet District Branch of Mahila Oikya Parishad, an affiliate of Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Oikya Parishad, took relief to the village for the first time. When the reporter went there as a companion of the party, the picture of the disaster in Khagra village of Gowainghat came out.

Renu Biswas was seen in front of Khagra village of Goaighat. “I am trapped in the water,” he said. But there is no drinking water. No food. Hungry for three days. What to do, where to go? He said that he had bought everything with great difficulty, adding that the water, the bed and the chair had all been washed away. Nothing now.

According to the victims, large areas of Gowainghat, Kanaighat, Kompaniganj and Jaintapur upazilas of northeastern Sylhet district are still under water in Surma. Communication was not restored. The river Lova enters Bangladesh from India through the Rajaganj Union of Kanaighat and joins Surma. The whole area is inundated with water from two rivers. Tourist center Lobachhara market, village – all under water now. Through the Dauki border of Gowainghat, the Piain River submerged a large area of ​​Gowainghat and Kompaniganj, took a large part of Sylhet Sadar Upazila with it to the roof and merged with Surma to flood the town. Besides, the river Sari enters Bangladesh through the Lalakhal border of Jaintapur, sinks the Salutikar, goes to the roof, joins Piain and Surma and submerges the whole area. These areas have been under water for 7 days. The disaster has been so terrible, people are starving in many places.

When asked, Bina Rani Sarkar, an assistant professor at Kanaighat Government College in Sylhet, told Bhorer Kagoj that the whole area is still submerged. In many areas people are not able to take relief. After the flood waters recede, human suffering and other kinds of suffering will be felt in the whole area.

Pradeep Bhattacharya, a senior lawyer in the Sylhet Judge’s Court, told Bhorer Kagoj that a large part of Bangladesh would be submerged in the next 50 years. Seeing the ongoing floods in Sylhet-Sunamganj, it seems that 50 years have come very close. To save people from this disaster, they have to go to the victims with food, medicine and clean water. Next month a couple of endangered people will have to eat for free. Otherwise the news of death of people will be found in the whole town.

Reckless Kushiyara: The water of Surma is slowly receding. However, it is still flowing over the danger line. On the other hand, the water of Kushiyar is increasing. New areas of Zakiganj, Beanibazar, Fenchuganj, Osmaninagar, Bishwanath and Balaganj are being flooded.

Witnesses said that the water of Kushiyara river has been overflowing into Surma river along Sylhet-Zakiganj road through different points since yesterday morning. At present there is knee-deep water on the Sylhet-Zakiganj road from Charkhai to Termile in the upazila. All types of vehicles are closed due to water. Teaching is closed in 6 out of 160 primary educational institutions of Golapganj upazila. Shelters have been opened in 16 of them. People are being relocated as some of these shelters have been flooded by the rising Kushiyara River.

Meanwhile, people are being advised to move to safer shelters as more than 100 houses of the Prime Minister’s Shelter Project have been flooded. Abu Saeed, a resident of Bahar village area of ​​Budhabari Bazar Union, said that all kinds of business establishments in Bhadeswar Mirganj Bazar are closed due to rising water up to the waist. Water is entering the Amalseed of Zakiganj by breaking the dam in the strong river of Kushiyar. As a result, 8 unions of the upazila have been newly flooded and road ghats, aus fields, seedbeds and fish farms have been submerged. Communication on the road has also been cut off due to rising water. As a result, the people of those areas are suffering.

About 90 per cent areas of Beanibazar Upazila including Kurarbazar, Muria, Lauta, Sheola, Mathiura, Mollapur Union and the municipality have been inundated by the flood waters. Millions of people have been flooded. According to the upazila administration, 23,000 families have taken shelter in 29 shelters in Beanibazar till noon yesterday.

Due to the deteriorating flood situation, about 80 percent of the area of ​​Balaganj upazila has been inundated. As a result of the increase in water level in Kushiyar, the water level in flood affected areas of Fenchuganj upazila has increased. The Sylhet-Moulvibazar regional highway in Ilashpur area of ​​Fenchuganj has been submerged. At least 80 percent of the people in the upazila are currently under water blockade.

Wailing in Dirai: Meanwhile, our correspondent Jayant Kumar Sarkar from Dirai in Sunamganj said that the fence of the house was washed away in the flood waters and the only source of paddy of the farmers was paddy. Golar paddy has been swept away by the surging waves of the haor. Cattle carcasses are floating everywhere. Somewhere, due to lack of space in the shelters, the distressed farming families have taken shelter in relatively high-rise houses but somehow survive without food. The relief facilities there did not even reach the dry food. Diesel-powered boats are charging extra rent due to rising diesel prices in remote areas and markets.

Deep tube wells are the only source of pure water. The rising tide in local markets has taken a heavy toll on traders. Ordinary people cannot shop. Due to the closure of all types of communication system, the infestation of thieves and robbers has increased at night in different areas including Rajnagar, Rafinagar and Jagdal Union.

20,000 people have taken shelter in at least 50 government and non-government shelters in Dirai upazila. But there is no food cooperation. Farmer Matiur Rahman, a resident of Sajanpur village in Rafinagar union, said he had lost at least 200 manas of paddy in his house. Can’t find 3 calves so far. It may have died somewhere. Meanwhile, due to lack of electricity, a long line has been seen in Dirai market to charge mobiles with generators. They are being forced to charge their mobile phones for 100 rupees somewhere.

Osmani Airport to be launched from today: The runway of Sylhet Osmani International Airport was submerged in the flood waters. Although the flood waters receded after two days, the flight at Sylhet Airport was closed for the last five days due to the approach lights being submerged. However, Osmani International Airport is finally reopening from Thursday. Air Commodore Sadiqur Rahman Chowdhury, a member of Bangladesh Civil Aviation Authority (Management and Planning), told Bhorer Kagoj yesterday that the flight would be launched at Osmani Airport from Thursday.

Re-AB / FA / Ibhu

Source: Bhorer Kagoj by www.bhorerkagoj.com.

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