Published:  08:29 PM, 13 August 2017 Last Update: 09:20 PM, 13 August 2017

Flood situation worsens, ministry cancels holidays

Flood situation worsens, ministry cancels holidays

The flood situation in several parts of Bangladesh has worsened after heavy downpour and upstream courses swelled major rivers.

Around 60,000 families in Kurigram and at least 400 families in Nilphamari have become marooned, according to reports from district correspondents.

The situation is alarming in Jamalpur where the Jamuna River is flowing above the danger level.

It is 64cm higher than the danger level at the Bahadurabad point.

The local administration cancelled examinations in 11 schools across the district on Saturday, said Jamalpur Primary Education Officer Shahidul Islam.

At least 50,000 people are stranded in floodwaters while road links between unions and district towns have been snapped, locals said.

Golam Mostafa, Upazila Nirbahi Officer or UNO at Dewanganj, said 10 metric tonnes of rice are in stock to be distributed as relief among the flood victims.

To combat the situation, the government has cancelled regular holidays of all the officials as well as field workers involved with disaster management and relief activities.

They include workers of the Department of Disaster Management or DDM and Cyclone Preparedness Programme or CPP.

They will be have to stay in office and not take any leave until further notice, the ministry said in an announcement made on Sunday.

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