Moynul Bhuiyan: Heavy rains in Akhaura of Brahmanbaria and flooding of Indian hills have broken the dam of Howrah river and flooded several villages. It has been reported that houses and crop lands in at least 10 villages of the two unions have been submerged.
Chairman of Moniyand Union Mahbubul Alam Chowdhury Deepak confirmed that the dam of Howrah river broke in the Earl area near Colonel Bazar of Moniyand Union bordering the upazila around 4:30 am on Saturday. He said that due to the strong current of water, water flowed over the paved road from Colonel Bazar to Itna and it broke at around 4.30 last night. Large areas of villages including Nilakhad village of Mogra Union, Airal, Itna, Laxmipur, Kharkot, Bara Lohghar, Shonlohghar, Tulai Shimul and Bara Gangail villages of Moniyand Union have been flooded. Fish farmers have been severely affected as fish from many ponds in these villages have been washed away. The people of these border villages are in dire straits as water suddenly enters the locality. Many people have become waterlogged due to the inundation of low-lying houses in the villages. If this broken dam is not repaired quickly, the whole area is likely to be flooded. Also, the only BADC project in Moniyanda Union has been damaged due to waterlogging. On the other hand, 90 families of Kalikapur and Abdullahpur villages of South Union adjacent to Akhaura land port have been flooded. In this situation, some families have been given shelter in the local Abdullahpur Government Primary School
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Shahgir Alam, Upazila Nirbahi Officer Angyajai Marma, Assistant Commissioner Bhumi Prashant Chakraborty, Upazila Parishad Vice Chairman Murad Hossain, Local Moniyand Union Parishad Chairman Mahbubul Alam Chowdhury Chowdhury Dwipak, Ward Member AKM Niazi, Union Awami League General Secretary Haji Khalequzzaman Alamgir Bhuiyan visited the submerged villages. A shelter has been set up to deal with the flash floods and the administration is ready to deal with it, said Deputy Commissioner Shahgir Alam and local Moniyand Union Parishad chairman Md Mahbubul Alam Chowdhury Dwipak.