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23 July, 2019 12:09:53 AM


Flood situation improving

8 Tangail upazilas in danger
Flood situation improving
A hapless family takes shelter on a cot as floodwater is yet to recede from their area. With no work, food and even electricity for last ten days, inhabitants of Gaibandha-Balasi Road, like many others in Gaibandha district, are passing through hard days. Focus Bangla Photo

All the major rivers are showing the falling trend, except the Surma-Kushiyara and those rivers around Dhaka. As flood waters have started to recede across the country, the threat of different types of waterborne diseases is looming large over  the flood-hit districts. Many people are suffering from diarrhoea, skin diseases, dysentery, cholera and other such diseases. A large number of flood victims are taking shelter on high areas. There is a crying need for food and drinking water. Many of them alleged that relief materials sent by the government are not adequate. Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said there was no possibility of the flood to linger. “Flood waters have already started to recede in many districts. If this trend continues, it may take around one week for the waters to recede in all the affected districts,” Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of the BWDB and duty officer of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), told The Independent.

Besides, there is no possibility of flood waters entering the capital or its adjacent areas, he added. The FFWC forecasts that the flood situation in Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogra, Tangail, Serajganj, Manikganj, Rajbari, Faridpur and Munshiganj districts may improve in the next 24 hours. The Teesta river at the Dalia point and the Dharala river at the Kurigram point may rise abruptly to exceed the danger level during the same period.

The Ganges-Padma may continue to fall, while the Surma-Kushiyara may rise in the next 24 hours. The Brahmaputra may become steady during that period.  

According to the Met office, there is a chance of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the northern area of Bangladesh and adjoining Assam and northern parts of West Bengal, India.

Our Rangpur correspondent reports: The Teesta has devoured 3,000 houses and vast tracts of cultivable land in the past 72 hours.

Locals and WDB officials dumped sand bags to protect the erosion of the river, but the heavy currents rendered efforts fruitless. Many of the homeless people took shelter on school grounds and nearby high areas. Our Tangail correspondent reports: In total, 401 villages under eight upazilas have been affected by the flood. Despite the receding flood waters, the Jamuna and its tributaries are still flowing above the danger level at some points.

The eight upazilas which were most affected by floods were Tangail Sadar, Bhuapur, Kalihati, Gopalpur, Delduwar, Nagorpur, Basail and Mirzapur. The strong currents of the Jamuna washed away 60 metres of the Bhuapur-Tarakanda Flood Control Embankment cum road.

 The WDB along with the Army has been repairing the important roads by dumping geo bags. Locals have cut a diversion road near an underconstruction bridge at Shyempuron Elenga-Bhuapur Road.

A total of 149 educational institutions have been closed due to the rushing flood waters. Many roads and croplands have been inundated. Summer vegetables have been damaged.

The government has sanctioned 900 metric tonnes of rice and Tk. 3 lakh for the flood victims.

The flood victims, however, alleged that the relief goods are too scanty to meet their demand. Fodder crisis is prevailing in the flood-hit areas. Lack of safe drinking water and prevalence of waterborne diseases are hitting these areas.

State minister for relief and disaster management, Dr Enamur Rahman, visited the flood-affected areas of Tangail. He assured of adequate relief and a guide wall by the side of the Jamuna.

Tangail deputy commissioner Shahidul Islam said relief materials are being distributed and more are on the pipeline.

Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader yesterday said the roads in the flood-affected areas will be repaired on an emergency basis ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. “The repair works are expected to be completed before Eid,” he added.



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