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Army called in Bangladesh to handle flood situation

Army was called in several places in Bangladesh, including Comilla, to help people repair breaches in embankments devastated by surging rivers.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2003 10:19 IST

As the current spate of flash floods that killed 70 people continue to inundate many low lying areas in and around capital Dhaka, Army was called in several places, including Comilla, to help people repair breaches in embankments devastated by surging rivers.

Flood and landslide caused by excessive rains have so far claimed over 70 lives, mostly in the south-eastern Chittagong area. Absence of embankments forced the entry of river water into the vast areas of Munda, Nandipara, Trimohoni and Baraid creating near flood situation, reports said.

Meanwhile the overall flood situation in Gaibanda and Tangail districts, north-west and north of capital Dhaka have further deteriorated on Friday and nearly three lakh people were affected.

Reports said three rivers - Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Teesta have registered steep rise in their water levels.

The current flash flood, the result of heavy rains both within and outside the country last week has already took toll of crops and property.

Situation in greater Sylhet comprising four districts in north-east Pabna in north and Noakhali in south-east have deteriorated rendering thousands homeless and submerging thousands of acres of land under flood water, reports reaching here said.

First Published: Jul 05, 2003 10:19 IST