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Flood kills at least 20 in Northern Bangladesh

Siam Sarower Jamil
Dhaka, Aug 14: 20 people were killed by floodwaters in the northern districts of Bangladesh in the last two days. Disaster management and relief minister of Bangladesh, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya confirmed this information on Monday.
‘A total of 5.86 lakh people of the 20 districts have become flood victims,’ said Maya on overall flood situation at Disaster Management and Relief Bhaban at Mohakhali in Dhaka.
He said that the flood-hit districts are — Sylhet, Sunamganj, Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Dinajpur, Bogra, Sirajganj, Netrakona, Khagrachari, Rangamati, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh and three others.
The minister said that a total of 358 unions in 368 upazilas have been affected by floods. Already, 973 shelter centres have been opened where 3,68,586 flood victims took shelter.
‘Besides, the ministry cancelled all holidays of its officials and staff to tackle floods,’ he said.
Maya said that the government allotted 13.630 lakh metric tonnes of rice and Tk 3.10 crore for the flood victims in 33 districts till August 14.
Nine more districts might be flooded in the days ahead and the low-lying areas surrounding Dhaka might also go under water, he warned.

‘The government has also allotted 1,200 metric tonnes of rice, Tk 60 lakh and 15,000 packets of dry foods for the flood-hit people,’ said the minister.
He said that 200 metric tonnes of rice and Tk 5 lakh have been distributed as common allotment for every district.
Besides, medical teams formed for every flood-hit district, have been urged to visit shelter centres and provide services to the sufferers.
Maya also called upon the health department to provide water purifying tablets and ensure safe water in the flood-hit areas.
He also ordered to rebuild the flood embankments collapsed by floodwaters.
‘Following the order of prime minister, the overall flood situation is under surveillance by the ministry. Besides, the prime minister is also taking regular updates of flood situation,’ said Maya.
‘We have stocked adequate food, relief items for the flood victims,’ the minister continued.
He also said that the government has already taken adequate measures considering the recent floods in the neighbouring countries - Nepal, Bhutan and India.

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Security measures strengthen ahead of Independence Day

Imphal, August 14: With the security measures strengthened across the state ahead of the 70th Independence Day Celebration,police department  continues conducting of cordon and search operations at various parts of the state since the beginning of August.
Today, Police team of Thoubal District conducted cordon and search operation at Athokpam Awang Leikai from 4:15 am to 5:30 am.
The police teams included SDPO Thoubal Shankar Deba, DySP OPs Sachidananda Soibam, Deputy SP CDO Yumnam Premjit, OC Thoubal, OC CDO , 5 CDI teams and Women Police.
At least 63 males and 67 Females were verified where 1 person has been picked up for further verification at Thoubal Police Station.
A police teams led by SDPO Sugnu, OC WKG and standby team and a team of CDO TBL conducted a surprise cordon and search operation at Kakching Khunou bazar from 8:30 am to 9:30 am, by.

48 persons were verified and no persons were detained for verification.
Cordon and search operation was also conducted at Khumujamba Leikei in Churachandpur District this morning from 4:30 am to 6:40 am.
The operation was jointly conducted by a police team which included Additional SP,  SDPO TLN,  OC CCPurPS,  NDO of WPS,  NDO of CCPurPS, QRT,  and 24 personnel from RL.
Altogether 314 men verified and 4 persons were picked up for further verification at CCPur Police Station.
Mention may be that the state level 70th Independence Day Celebration will be held at 1st MR ground in Imphal on August 15, 2017, tomorrow.

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68 rebels lay down arms and surrendered to CM

Imphal, Aug 14: On the eve of India’s 70th Independence Day celebration a total of 68 armed rebel cadres belonging to various groups today lay down arms and surrendered to the  Chief Minister today. Among those surrendered cadres 17 are from UNLF, 7 from PLA, 10 from PREPAK, 7 from PREPAK (PRO), 4 fron KYKL, 10 from KCP (N), 1 from KCP (W), 1 from KCP (MJC) , 5 from KCP (KM), 5 from KCP (MC) and 1 from KCP (KK Mangang groups). A home coming ceremony was held in connection with the surrendered of the cadres. Chief Minister welcomes the cadres and appreciates them for coming to the mainstream.

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Flood kills at least 20 in Northern Bangladesh

Imphal, Aug 14: Imphal-West Police team has arrested three suspects of the Kakwa Naorem Leikai bomb blast which occurred yesterday at about 9:40 am.
The arrested suspects have been identified as Sapam Nanda @ Makar (50 yrs), son of S Sanatomba of Bashikhong Torban,  Piba Yaima MAring (29 yrs), son of B Angphun of Kangkoi Khullen and Thingbaijam Sanjoy (35 yrs), son of Th Dronjit of Kakwa Naorem Leikai.
Bomb making materials like, 81 gelatin sticks (power gel), 2 TNT case weighing 500 grams each, 6 circuits, 1 remote control device, 3 mobile phones and 5 sim cards which were used in making the bombs was recovered from the three suspects.
Speaking to the media persons at the conference hall of Imphal West SP, SP Themtheng Ngashangwa said that upon receiving the news about the yesterday blast, a team of Imphal-West Police led by DSP Amit and OC Achouba under the supervision of Imphal-West SP conducted search and raids operation at various places to nab the culprits. Sapam Nanda, a PREPAK cadre was arrested during the search and raids operations.
Upon interrogations, Sapam Nanda reveals that the names of the other involved two persons in carrying out the blast.
Nanda confessed that they have assembled the IED in the morning of August 13 and planted it around 7 am of the day itself.
Mention may be that amidst tight security, an IED was exploded yesterday around 9:40 am at Kakwa Naorem Leikai near Lairembi gate in between a waiting shed and electric transformer but luckily no person were injured.

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