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POST TIME: 24 July, 2019 09:27:35 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 24 July, 2019 09:28:21 AM
Rains upstream may worsen floods
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT, Dhaka

Rains upstream may worsen floods

A woman wades through floodwater with her belongings at Balaghat in Gaibandha yesterday as the flood situation in the district remains unchanged. Focus Bangla Photo

The flood situation will continue to deteriorate in some districts like Kurigram, Gaibandha and Sylhet due to heavy rainfall in the upstream. According to the Flood Forecasting Warning Centre (FFWC), waters of the Teesta, Dharala, Surma and Kushiyara rivers may continue to rise rapidly in the next two days, while the Brahmaputra river may remain steady in the next 24 hours. However, the flood situation in Jamalpur, Bogura, Tangail, Sirajganj, Manikganj, Rajbari and Munshiganj districts may improve, while the country’s central areas, including Shariatpur and Faridpur, have started experiencing flooding.

At least 40 lakh people have so far been marooned due to floods across the country. They are suffering immensely for shortage of food and drinking water in the affected areas.

Sources in the disaster management and relief ministry say that the government has allocated a total of 24,450 tonnes of rice, Tk. 3.91 crore in cash and 104,000 packets of dry food to the flood-affected districts till date.

“The flood situation will further worsen in some areas due to heavy rainfall in the upstream. However, the situation in the northern region has improved further, with the major rivers showing the falling trend,” Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of the Bangladesh Water Development Board, told The Independent yesterday.

He said the Teesta, Dharala, Surma and Kushiyara rivers

will continue to rise in the next couple of days, but the Jamuna, Ganges and Padma rivers may continue to fall in next 24 hours, while the Brahmaputra river may remain steady during the same period.  

Bhuiyan also said waters of the rivers Padma, Jamuna, Dharla, Dhaleswari, Titas, Ghagot, Meghna, Atrai, Surma and Kushyara are still flowing above the danger level at 21 different points.

According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), there is a chance of heavy to very heavy, including extremely heavy, rainfall in the northern area of Bangladesh.

Tangail: About three lakh flood-affected people are exposed to health risks here. They allege that they are not getting adequate medical supplies.

Tangail civil surgeon Dr Sarif Hossain said they have no anti-venom for snake bite. “We’ve allocated 50,000 water purifying tablets and 20,000 oral saline packs for each affected upazila,” he claimed.

“Crops on about 1,327 hectare have been damaged in the upazila. Besides, 100km of roads are also damaged by flood water. Over 40 families of Lawhati union are staying on roads,” said Delduar upazila parishad chairman Mahmudul Hasan Maruf.

Kurigram: Locals are rushing back to flood shelters as the Dharla river has started to flow 18 cm above the danger level at the Dharla bridge point in Sadar upazila.

However, the Brahmaputra, Dudhkumar and Teesta rivers are flowing under their respective danger levels at different points in Chilmari upazila.

Gaibandha: According to the district relief and rehabilitation office, there are 582,997 flood-affected people in the district. A total of 79,997 people have taken shelter in flood relief centres.

Sirajganj: Over 3.5 lakh people have been affected by the flood. In total, 400 villages of 39 unions and three municipalities have been fully flooded. Crops on about 15,959 hectares were damaged by the flood water.

The Jamuna is now flowing 13.59 cm above the danger level at the Hard point.

Sherpur: The water level of the Brahmaputra has fallen. However, the river was still flowing 5 cm above the danger level yesterday.  

District relief officer Saiful Islam said houses of 75 families have completely been damaged. A total of 10 people have drowned in the last few days.  

Crops on 3,637 hectares, 9km of embankments, 2.6 kilometres of roads, 145 educational and religious institutions have been damaged by the flood, he added.

Shariatpur: Low-lying areas have started to go under water with a rise in the water level of the Padma river. The river was flowing 2cm above the danger level at Naria’s Sureshwar point yesterday.

River erosion has destroyed 15 bighas of cropland and 100 metres of an embankment at Munsikandi village, leaving 10 families homeless within the last six days.  

Munshiganj: Around 100 families in Louhajang upazila have been rendered homeless due to erosion of the Padma river in the last six days.

UNO Kabirul Islam Khan said: “We’ve opened shelter centres for victims.”

Several hundred families are suffering as the flood has inundated vast char areas including Jhautia, Teutia, Brahmangaon, Korhati, Bhojgaon, Songrambir, Gawpara, Dighali, Duali and Paikara villages.

Faridpur: The Padma has gobbled up two acres of cropland at Baliadangi village in Sadar upazila in the last two days. A primary school and a community clinic in the area are also in peril.

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