Heavy rains and upstream water are worsening the flood situation in Kurigram inundating cropland, houses and cutting off road communication affecting thousands of people.
Shamsuddin Mia, the acting director of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE), said 17,135 hectares of cropland containing Ropa Aman, peanuts, and vegetables, among others, went under water in the district.
Hundreds of hectares of vegetable fields in Mughalbasa, Holokhana, Kanthalbari, Rajarhat, Chinai, Mirerbari, Mahidhar, Debalaya and Naodanga and Shimulbari unions of Fulbari upazila of Kurigram Sadar submerged after heavy rains.
Meanwhile, the people of the char areas in the district are in dire straits due to a fodder crisis amid the flood as the grazing fields are under water. Now, cattle owners are in trouble as the price of hay has doubled.
The flood also affected travel and transportation of goods with the roads under water making it difficult to reach some areas.