With no dry land in sight, son buries father in the house

An elderly man was buried inside his house in Rajshahi’s Bagmara upazila as their village was completely submerged under floodwater with no dry surface left for burial.

The incident took place in Berabari village last Wednesday, the man’s son Abul Hossain Bagati told our Rajshahi correspondent.

After his father, Abu Taher (87), passed away on Wednesday afternoon, Abul Hossain dug a grave in a room on the outer part of their house and buried his father there, he told The Daily Star yesterday.

“Our village graveyard and most other parts of the village are submerged. We have hardly any dry surface left outside our home. Many others suggested that we build a raft and let the body float away on it, but I decided to keep his body buried inside the house,” Abul said.

Most areas of the village under Barabihanali union, including the graveyard, have been submerged for more than a week, leaving some 300 villagers marooned, said UP Chairman Mahmudur Rahman.

Many people are facing trouble with their household goods and domestic animals, with many taking shelter on the roads, embankments and schools while others went to their relatives’ houses, the chairman also said.

The villagers were yet to receive any relief materials, he added.

Bagmara Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sharif Ahmed said they were listing names of flood-affected people and would visit the areas within a day with relief materials and other assistance.

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