Saturday, June 22, 2024

Thousands in flood-hit Satkhira flock to roads for refuge

The queues of makeshift shelters on roadsides and high grounds in the severely flood-hit areas of Satkhira district are getting longer every day with fresh flocks of homeless people joining in, finding no refuge in already overcrowded shelter homes set up in schools, colleges, and other establishments.
As they reach the roads in relentless rain people do get out of the reach of the hungry floodwater but face new difficulties, starting with an acute lack of materials to make shelters with, especially polythene sheets and fencing goods.
According to Satkhira district relief office, 8,26,124 people of 1,95,562 families have been affected by the flooding in 66 unions and two municipalities under six upazilas of the district. Of them, 27,816 severely-affected families have taken refuge in 288 shelter homes.
The number of shelter homes in the district was 243 on August 18 but it increased to 280 on August 21 and then reached 288 on August 27.
As more houses continue to collapse every day, the number of people flocking to the roads and other high grounds also continues to increase, said relief office sources.
Besides, a number of people who took refuge in the shelter homes are also leaving them, unable to stand the over-crowding and the over-powering stench of human excrements coming from the adjacent areas. The inadequate toilet facilities in the shelter homes force the refugees to use the surrounding places to answer to the call of nature, said relief office sources as well as the flood-affected people.
The administration has distributed only 78 pieces of tarpaulin, 250 plastic sheets, and 250 blue sheets against a huge demand of thousands of families for polythene sheets, tarpaulin, plastic sheets, and blue sheets to prepare some sort of roofs as a protection against the rain and, when it stops, the sun, they said.
They, however, said some non-governmental organisations also had distributed polythene sheets among the people squatting at the roadsides but they were yet to get the details about that.
Parts of Keshobpur and Monirampur of Jessore and Paikgachha of Khulna have also been affected by the flood, according to the administration of the districts.
‘I came to this lone high road in my village three days ago but am still getting drenched with the rainwater falling through the roof,’ Gazi Mohiuddin of Kanaidia village under Tala upazila in Satkhira told New Age, sitting in a shelter made of walls of torn cloths and a roof of nut leaves.
‘I am getting wet in the rain and drying in the sun under the open sky. I badly need a polythene sheet now,’ he said.
Mohiuddin lost his house more than three weeks ago and took shelter in a nearby house. But, as the flood situation worsened, he took refuge in the local school turned shelter home, from where he has come to the road.
Habibur Rahman of Gangarampur village under the same upazila, who took shelter on the Khulna-Paikgachha Highway near his village home, said the queue of makeshift shelters on the highway was increasing day-by-day and the people badly needed polythene sheets and fencing materials to get some protection from the elements.
Like Mohiuddin and Habibur, thousands of people have made it to the roads including the Khulna-Paikgachha Highway, Khulna-Satkhira Highway, and Kanaidia-Jethua, Tala-Kumira, and Binirpota-Rajnagar WDB roads, while thousands more are heading for them.
‘More than one thousand families of my union have taken shelter on the Khulna-Paikgachha Highway and most of them need polythene sheets and fencing materials,’ Khalilnagar Union Parishad chairman Pronob Ghosh Bablu told New Age.
Satkhira deputy commissioner Md Abdus Samad said they were distributing polythene sheets among the flood-hit people and different NGOs were also doing the same.
He, however, claimed that the number of shelter homes and people taking refuge on the roads was on the decline as the ‘situation was improving’.


Courtesy of New Age

Related News

Over 1.04 crore animals sacrificed on Eid-ul-Adha this year

News Desk : A total of 1,04,08,918 animals were sacrificed across the country on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Azha this year. As many as 3, 67, 106 more animals were slaughtered this year compared to previous year, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock said in a press release on Tuesday. This year the ... Read more

9am-5pm office time to resume from Wednesday

News Desk : The public offices across Bangladesh are set to go back to old office timing from 9:00am to 5:00pm with Fridays and Saturdays being the weekly holidays as usual from Wednesday. The cabinet in its weekly meeting on June 3 decided restoring the old office timing between 9:00am and 5:00pm on weekdays ... Read more

5 magnitude earthquake jolts parts of Bangladesh

News Desk : A magnitude 5 earthquake jolted a large part of the country on Sunday (2 June) afternoon., including Dhaka. The quake struck at 2:44pm from a depth of about 110km, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, and was centred in the Mawlaik area of Myanmar, 441 km southeast of Dhaka. The quake ... Read more

Over 2cr to be fed as daylong Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign begins

News Desk : The National Vitamin A-plus campaign is being conducted with a target to feed the capsules to over 2.22 crore children, aged between six months and 59 months. The campaign started at 8am on Saturday (June 1) and will continue till 4pm. Feeding Vitamin A capsules prevents blindness in children, ensures normal ... Read more

Postponed notice fake, HSC exams on June 30 as per schedule

News Desk : The Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent exams will be held on time as per previous announcement, beginning on 30 June. The routine deferring the exams for a month that is making rounds in social media, is fake, the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka said on Saturday. A circular ... Read more

3 month-long ban on fishing, tourism in Sundarbans begins

News Desk : The forest department has imposed this three-month ban on fishing and tourism in the Sundarbans. Local communities, including fishermen, wood and honey collectors, who depend on the Sundarbans for their livelihoods, are concerned about a three-month ban on all activities in the forest starting Saturday. The restriction applies to visitors, including ... Read more

Appellate Division upholds HC verdict on DU teacher Samia’s demotion

News Desk : The Appellate Division today (26 May) upheld the judgement of the High Court which declared illegal the demotion order of Dhaka University faculty Samia Rahman on charges of plagiarism. A four-member appellate bench headed by senior judge M Enayetur Rahim of the Appellate Division rejected the appeal of DU as invalid. ... Read more

3.2 million children at risk as Cyclone Remal hits Bangladesh coasts: UNICEF

News Desk : As Cyclone Remal hit the coastal areas of Bangladesh, over 8.4 million people, including 3.2 million children, are at high health, nutrition, sanitation, and safety risks, according to UNICEF. ‘Our thoughts go out to the children and their families at this critical moment as they endure the storm’s impact,’ said UNICEF ... Read more

Classes suspended at coastal area schools due to cyclone

News Desk : No classes will be held at schools in the coastal areas due to Cyclone Remal, said State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Mohibur Rahman. He said this after a meeting of the inter-ministerial disaster management coordination committee at the Secretariat on Sunday. According to a bulletin of the Met Office, ... Read more

Cyclone Remal forms over Bay, signal 7 at Payra and Mongla

News Desk : The deep depression over the east and west central Bay of Bengal intensified into a cyclonic storm “Remal” at around 9:00 pm today and is expected to hit the country’s coasts between 6pm and 11:59pm tomorrow, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD). The Met Office asked the Payra and Mongla ... Read more

Admissions for Class XI start tomorrow

News Desk : The first phase of applications for Class XI admission for the 2024–2025 academic year will begin tomorrow, May 26, and run through June 11th. According to the XI class admission circular 2024-25, the online application system is divided into three phases with designated application windows, result announcements, and confirmation periods. Students ... Read more

Exam will not be postponed for Cyclone Remal: NU

News Desk : The National University has decided not to postpone the Introduction to Government Policy exam for 4th-year Political Science honours students for the academic year 2022, despite the warning for the approaching Cyclone Remal. The exam is scheduled to be held on Sunday (26 May) at 1:00pm, the same day that the ... Read more

Gold price cut by Tk 1,084 per bhori

News Desk : The prices of gold in the country’s local market witnessed a fall on Thursday as the Bangladesh Jewellers’ Association (Bajus) slashed the price of 22-carat gold by Tk 1,084 per bhori (11.664 grammes). The new rate for the precious metal will come into effect on Friday, BAJUS said in a press ... Read more

Don’t pay anyone for visas, or work permits: Italian envoy

News Desk : Italian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Antonio Alessandro, advised visa-seekers not to pay anyone for visas, emphasising that the embassy only charges small taxes and processing fees. “Our services are free except for these official fees,” he said today (21 May) following a meeting with Shofiqur Rahman Choudhury, the State Minister for Expatriates’ ... Read more

Bangladeshi mountaineer Babar Ali conquers Everest

News Desk : Babar Ali from Chattogram has summited Mount Everest and raised the red and green flag on the world’s highest peak. He reached the summit at 8:30am local time (8:45am Bangladesh time) on Sunday, proudly raising the red and green flag of Bangladesh. He began his journey on 1 April, after necessary ... Read more

Price of gold increases by Tk1,178 per bhori

The new rate will be effective from Sunday (19 May) News Desk : The Bangladesh Jewellers Association (Bajus) today (18 May) increased the price of gold by Tk1,178 per bhori, followed by a price hike in the local bullion market. According to a Bajus statement, 22-carat gold will now cost Tk1,18,460 per bhori (11.664 ... Read more

9 Bangladeshis named in Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia” list

News Desk : Nine Bangladeshis have been named in Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia” list for their contributions across various industries. Forbes announced its prestigious “30 Under 30 Asia” list for the ninth consecutive year yesterday (15 May), showcasing 300 exceptional young individuals under the age of 30 who are making significant strides across ... Read more

SC Stays HC Verdict On Condemn Cell

News Desk : The Appellate Division on Wednesday stayed a High Court verdict that asked the jail authorities not to put death sentence inmates in the solidarity confinement before the end of all legal processes. The Appellate Division judge in chamber, Justice M Enayetur Rahim, granted the stay after hearing an appeal filed by ... Read more

BRTA to take ‘no helmet, no fuel’ policy for bikers

News Desk : Besides, no battery-run auto-rickshaws will be allowed to operate in Dhaka The Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) has decided to take a “no helmet, no fuel” approach for motorcycle riders across the country. Besides, no battery-run auto-rickshaws will be allowed to operate in Dhaka, according to decisions taken at a meeting ... Read more

MV Abdullah finally arrives at Ctg port

News Desk : The 23 crew members of Bangladeshi flag carrier MV Abdullah, which was recently freed from the captivity of Somali pirates, has reached the Chittagong Port today (14 May). The Chittagong Port Authority has a reception at the New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT) to welcome back the sailors. Their family members are ... Read more