Flood situation gradually improvesStaff Correspondent
Although the flood situation across the country improved slightly with the recession of floodwater in the north and northeast regions, thousands of people remained marooned as many areas were still inundated.
Several hundred villages in Kurigram, Sirajganj, Gaibandha, Bogra, Jamalpur and Cox’s Bazar and some areas of Sylhet were still submerged by floodwater.
Officials at the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said that floodwater from the north and northeast areas started receding but the water level of the rivers remained static. However, some points of the Meghna river will decline in next 72 hours.
The officials also said though the flood situation was improving with the situation in Assam getting better but they apprehended that the south eastern parts from Chittagong to Cox’s Bazar might experience heavy downpour in next 48 hours.
FFWC executive engineer Mohammad Amirul Hossain said, ‘We cannot forecast the long-term flood situation due to the lack of technology, but we are providing the medium as well as short-term forecast’.
‘We cannot analyse the trend of the flooding of this year as the monsoon has just started’, he added.
Amirul said that about 20 per cent areas of the country were hit by the flood in 2011 while about 13 per cent areas were struck by the flood till now this year.
New Age Sirajganj correspondent reported that although the Jamuna river water started receding with 6 cm at Sirajganj point but it was flowing 49 cm above the danger mark on Monday.
About 70-metre wide and 1.6-kms long embankment at Char Malshapara in Sirajganj eroded due to overflow of the river Jamuna.
Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Abdul Latif Biswas visited the flood-hit areas in Chouhali Upazila in Sirajganj. He distributed about 43 tonnes of rice and Tk 20,000 as relief among 2,000 flood affected people.
Our correspondent in Kurigram said that although the water-level of some 16 rivers started falling in Kurigram district on Monday, the overall flood situation in the district remained unchanged because around three lakh marooned people were suffering hardship due to lack of shelter, food and pure drinking water.
The Brahmaputra river was flowing 24 cm above the danger mark at Chilmari point while the Dharla river was flowing 27 cm below the danger level.
Officials of the local administration said that around 918 sq km areas were flood affected, where at least 61 unions out of 72 went under water, 13,401 acres of cropland were totally damaged, 8,086 acres partially damaged, and 19,812 houses completely damaged and 58,035 partially.
Around 3,438 kms of embankment was totally washed away and 167 kms partially damaged. Around 5,415 people took shelter in 45 flood shelters.
Chilmari upazila chairman Showkat Ali and Upazila Nirbahi Officer Mamun-ul Hasan said that relief materials were being distributed among the flood victims.
Our Sylhet correspondent reported that diarrhoea broke out among the flood-affected people due to inadequate supply of safe drinking water in Sylhet on Monday.
Sylhet civil surgeon Kamrul Hasan said that about 231 people, especially the children, were affected mostly by diarrhea. Some 70 medical teams were operating to provide treatment to the flood victims.
Shortage of pure drinking water is a common problem in the flooded areas. Kamrul said people should drink water after boiling or mixing purifying tablets.
WDB officials said that the Surma river was flowing 7 cm and 50 cm above danger mark at Sunamganj and Kanaighat point respectively while 9 cm below at Sylhet city point. The Kushiyara river was flowing 29 cm and 4 cm below danger level at Amalsid and Sheola points respectively at 6:00 am on Monday.
The district relief and rehabilitation officer Rafiqul Islam confirmed that almost 500,000 people were affected in the district.
The correspondent in Faridpur reported that the Padma river was flowing 29 cm below the danger mark at Goalando point of Rajbari district.
Upazila agricultural office of Sadarpur said that the floodwater has already destroyed around 400 hectares of paddy fields at Diera Narkelbaria, Charnasirpur, Charmanir and Dhewkhali unions.
New Age correspondent in Bogra reported that a college student Shahriar Asif (17) drowned in the Jamuna river when he and his friends were swimming in the river.
Local police, fire service and people tried to rescue Asif but they failed due to strong current of the river water.
The correspondent in Jamalpur reported that the Jamuna was flowing 95 cm above the danger level at Bahadurabad ghat point while the Brahmaputra was flowing 21 cm below, according to the WDB officials.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Dewanganj Md Aminul Haque said that about 6,275 acres of cropland were submerged by the floodwater in Islampur, Dewanganj and Melandaha upazilas and about 2,33,000 people were marooned in the district.
Our Cox’s Bazar correspondent reported that more than two lakh people who were displaced by the flash flood were now returning to their homes from the cyclone shelters with improvement of the flood situation.
However, flood situation in the low-lying areas of the district including Badarkhali, West Boro Behola, Behola Manikchar, East Boro Behola, Konakhali unions of Chakoria upazila and Magnama, Ujantiya and Rajakhali unions of Pekoua upazila is yet to improve.
The government sanctioned Tk 30 lakh and 650 tonnes of rice for the flood victims, but the relief was inadequate to meet the needs of the flood victims.
A total of 51 people were killed by landslide, lightning, wall-collapse and flood-water in Cox’s Bazar last week.
Deputy Commissioner of Cox’s Bazar Mohammad Jainul Bari said that a total of 16,000 dwelling houses were totally damaged and 30,000 houses partially damaged by the floods in eight upazilas and four municipalities of the district.
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