The 433mm of rainfall recorded in Rangpur from 10pm on Saturday to 10am Sunday that inundated most areas of Rangpur district including the city was the highest in 100 years.
The rain triggered flash floods that marooned 50,000 people. Streets, lanes and by-lanes, houses are submerged under knee to waist-deep water.
The Met office in Rangpur recorded the rainfall during the period which broke all the records of the last 100 years of the district.
The rainfall is likely to continue for the next two days, said assistant meteorologist Mostafizur Rahman of the Met Office.
Besides, the Shayma Sundori and Cadi canal, the only recourse to alleviate the city's waterlogging, has gone under water, according to sources of Bangladesh Water Development Board and Fire Service and Civil Defense.
The city's drainage system has also collapsed. City dwellers say they have not seen such rainfall in 25-30 years. Even, the massive flood in 1988 did not cause such waterlogging.
The city dwellers are suffering as water has seeped into their houses due to incessant rains since last night.
Electricity connections have been cut off in different places. People, who are going out in case of emergency, are not getting transport. They are paying extra charge to reach their destination.
Meanwhile, water level is flowing over the danger line at Dahlia and Kaunia points in the Teesta.
Heavy rains and lightning have caused extensive damage in various parts of the district.
Agricultural lands, crops and ponds have been submerged in water.
Meanwhile, fire service has been working in different areas of the city since morning to rescue the stranded people.
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Another accused in the Sylhet MC College gang rape was arrested from Mantala bordering area in Madhabpur upazila of Habiganj on Sunday.
Arjun Lashkar was the number four accused in a case filed by the victim’s husband on Saturday at Shah Poran Police Station on Saturday.
Police arrested him in the morning, said Madhabpur Police Station Officer-in-Charge Golam Dastagir.
A 19-year-old girl was raped by a group of youths in the college dormitory on Friday night. The accused were said to be leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the ruling Awami League student front.
The suspects tied up the victim’s husband and raped her in a room of the hostel on Friday evening. Police rescued the couple around 10:30pm.
As words about the incident spread, the students of MC College demonstrated blocking road on Saturday.
Police arrested prime accused Saifur Rahman from Chhatak upazila of Sunamganj in the morning.
About 15,000 hectares of cropland has gone under water in nine upazilas of Kurigram during the fifth phase flooding triggered by onrush of upstream water and heavy downpours.
The amount of damage incurred by farmers was not immediately clear.
A large-scale destruction of crops could potentially cause a shortage in the local market and trigger price hike.
“Damage to crops could increase further,” said Shamsuddin Mia, the acting deputy director of Kurigram Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE).
He said it would take them about a week to estimate the loss.
“A total of 15,000 hectares of cropland containing Ropa Aman, peanuts, vegetables, among others, went under water in the district,” Mia said.
60,000 people marooned
Meanwhile, road communication has been snapped in many parts of Kurigram.
A number of char areas including Kurigram Sadar upazila, Rajarhat upazila, Phulbari upazila and Ulipur upazilas were flooded, marooning 60,000 people.
In some places, people took shelter on high roads and embankment with their livestock.
Besides, a number of houses were washed away by the strong current of Dharla River while erosion took a serious turn in many areas, putting houses, educational institutions, roads and flood protection dam at risk.
Moinuddin Bhola, a UP member of Jatrapur Union in Sadar upazila, said the authorities did not take any action even after the river gobbled up at least 10 houses in Garuhara village.
Kurigram Water Development Board Executive Engineer Ariful Islam said Dharla was flowing 28cm above its danger level in the morning. Sixteen rivers in the district are flowing beneath the danger mark.
“Erosion took a serious turn at 20 points of Brahmmaputra, Dharla, Dudhkumar and Teesta rivers and the work to protect the riverbanks is underway,” said Islam.
Flood showed no sign of improvement in the last couple of days. Kurigram District Relief and Rehabilitation office said 12MT rice and 2,000 packets of dry food were distributed among the flood-hit people.
Four members of a family, including two children, were killed as part of a mud-wall of their house collapsed on them at Jhaupara in Parbatipur upazila of Dinajpur district on early Sunday.
The victims were identified as Swapan, 30, his wife Farzana, 25, and their two children—Hossain, 7, and Hasibur, 5, of the village.
Mokhlesur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Parbatipur Police Station, said the four members of the family were killed some time at night when the mud-wall of their house partially collapsed on them in their sleep.
Local people said the mudslide occurred due to incessant rains for the last several days as mud walls are very weak in shear, tension and compression.
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A case has been filed against two brothers on Saturday as they allegedly raped their sister-in-law in Vechki village of Mathbaria.
The accused were Hasan Mistri, 27, and Rubel Mistri, 24, of Vechki village.
Officer-in-charge of Mathbaria Police Station AZM Masuduzzaman said quoting the victim's relatives that Hasan and Rubel separately violated the housewife while she was alone in the house.
Later the victim disclosed the matter to her family members, he said.
“We are trying to find the accused brothers,” OC said.