Two brothers drowned as a boat capsize in a beel at Manda upazila on Wednesday.
The deceased were identified as Abdul Mazid, 65 and Rois Uddin, 55, sons of Sharbatullah and resident of Chakdebiram village in Nurullabad union of the upazila.
Md Tarekur Rahman Sarker, inspector (investigation) of the Manda Police Station, said that the boat carrying a group of people including the two brothers sank in Chakkasoba beel due to inclement weather while they were going to Tanore upazila in Rajshahi for enjoying a boat race.
The brothers went missing while others were rescued by locals.
On information, two fire service teams from Manda and Rajshahi fire service went to the spot and retrieved their bodies.
A pleasure trip has turned into a tragedy as 17 people drowned after a trawler capsized in Rajali Kanda haor under Madan upazila of Netrakona district.
Four of the deceased were identified as Shafiqul Islam, 40, a teacher of Gridhan Tenga Jamiul Ulum Madrassah of Netrakona, his son Samal, 10, Lubna Akhter, 10, and Zulfa Akhter, 7, daughters of Wares Uddin, a teacher of Charsirta Maksuda Sunnah Hafizia Madrasa of Mymensingh.
The trawler, carrying 48 teachers and students of the two madrassahs, sank in the waterbody around 12pm on Wednesday amid inclement weather, said Ramijul Haque, officer-in-charge (OC) of Madan Police Station.
The OC said students and teachers of the two madrassahs arrived at Uchitpur, Netrakona to visit a tourist spot there and they had been on a boat journey seeing the scenic beauty of the haor.
But the boat sank in the hoar as it was hit by strong current amid the bad weather, turning their fun journey into a big tragedy.
Later, the bodies of 17 people, including that of six children, were retrieved from the hoar.
A rescue operation is going on as one still remained missing, said the OC.
Deputy commissioner of the district Moinul Islam and the Superintendent of Police Akbar Ali Munshi visited the spot.
The export-import activities at Sonamasjid land port resumed on Wednesday after four days of suspension due to Eid-ul-Azha holiday.
Toufiqur Rahman Babu, general secretary of export-import association of the land port, said trade activities remained suspended from August 1 to August 4 and goods-laden trucks from India started to enter the port from 11am on Wednesday following the resumption of the port activities.
Earlier, the port authorities declared four days of holiday from August 1 for Eid, he said.
People are returning to their homes as the flood situation gradually improves in Kurigram with major rivers flowing through the districts all flowing below the danger level.
Brahmmaputra was flowing 11cm below its danger level at Chilmari point while Dharla was flowing 21cm under its danger mark at Bridge point area. Teesta was 55cm below the red mark at Kaunia point on Wednesday morning.
An estimated 350,000 people in 56 unions of the district have been affected by the flood. Many of those who took shelter on high grounds are starting to return to their homesteads as the flood water is receding.
Officials say they have distributed relief materials among the flood-affected people in remote char areas in Rajibpur and Chilmari upazilas on Tuesday.
State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Zakir Hossain and Senior Secretary of Water Resources Ministry Kabir bin Anwar have distributed food among the people.
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The flood that began in the last week of June has affected 162 upazilas across and is yet to subside fully, said a bulletin of the Directorate General of Health Services.
So far, 145 people have died in the flood – 10 in the last 24 hours, it said.
People in Kurigram, Madaripur, Sirajganj, Tangail, Faridpur and Netrakona are the worst-hit from the deluge.
The government prepared 1567 shelters in the flood-affected districts.
Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Dr Muhammad Abdur Razzaque on Tuesday asked the officials concerned to visit the flood-hit areas and closely monitor field activities to help recoup farmers’ losses.
The government has already formed 14 committees to accelerate the monitoring and cooperating activities including disbursement of fertiliser and seeds. The officials concerned of the ministry will have to work alongside the committee.
Two minor children drowned in Tetulia and Atwari upazilas of Panchagarh district on Tuesday.
The deceased were identified as Md Nayan, son of Md Momin of Doluagas village in Tetulia and Sabir Hossain, 2, son of Mostafizur Rahman of Katali village in Atwari.
Police said the duo went missing in the morning later their bodies were recovered from separate ponds adjacent to their houses.
Officer-in-Charge of Tetulia Police Station Jahurul Islam and OC of Atwari Police Station Md Ejaz Uddin confirmed the matter.
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