Flood situation improves slightly but sufferings continue

Dhaka,  Thu,  21 September 2017
Published : 18 Jul 2017, 00:36:51
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Flood situation improves slightly but sufferings continue

The flood situation in Sirajganj district worsened further as major rivers there kept overflowing on Monday, leaving two people dead, report agencies.

Meanwhile the situation is improving in Kurigram, Faridpur, Jamalpur, Gaibandha and Sylhet districts.

People in the flood-hit districts have been going through enormous sufferings for lack of adequate food and safe water.

Many of the flood victims whose houses were damaged or washed away by floodwater are passing their days under open skies.

Besides, huge crop lands were submerged by floodwater while river erosion has taken a serious turn in different parts of the country compounding the woes of the flood-hit people.

In Sirajganj, two people including a child drowned in Chouhali and Ullapara upazilas of the district as more fresh areas went under water on Monday.

Ramjan Ali, chairman of Ghorjan union, said Mustakim, a one-year-old boy and Kausar Ali of Chouhali upazila drowned when fell into the water near his house while Abiron Nesa, 65, wife of Akher Ali drowned in Phuljor river in Defolbari village in Ullapara upazila on Sunday night and Monday.

The Jamuna is flowing 56 centimetres above the danger level in the district.

Besides, people in flood-hit areas were affected by water-borne diseases including diarrhoea and cough.

In Kurigram, the flood situation is improving in the district as the waters of the Dudhkumari, Brahmaputra, Teesta and Dharala are flowing under the red mark.

In Faridpur, many low-lying areas were inundated afresh in two upazilas of the district as the Padma River is flowing 14 centimeters above the danger mark.

Besides, river erosion is taking its toll in many parts of the district, rendering 1500 families homeless. Even so, the overall situation has improved, at least in terms of flooding.

In Sylhet, the flood situation of the district is improving as all the rivers' waters have started to recede.

Meanwhile, in Jamalpur , flood situation in the district has improved following the fall of water level in Jamuna River.

According to District Relief and Rehabilitation Office, 0.22 million people at 447 villages in all the seven upazilas of the district have been left marooned.

Assistant District Primary Education Officer Md Abdur Razzak said a total of 299 primary schools have been shut down due to intrusion of water into those educational institutions.

District Secondary Education Office sources said 50 high schools, 24 madrashas and eight colleges have been shut down as flood water submerged those institutions.

Officials of Department of Agricultural Extension said flood water has submerged standing crops on 7,470 hectares of land in the district.

In Gaibandha, overall flood situation at chars and Brahmaputra river basins in four upazilas of the district improved significantly and visibly as the river marked fall.

The officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) sources said water level of the Brahmaputra decreased by 27 cm during the period and the river was flowing 05 cm above its danger level at Phulchharighat point of the district.

Mahbubur Rahman, executive engineer of BWDB here said as the mighty river continued to mark fall, it would flow below the danger mark very shortly improving the flood situation further of the district.

To mitigate the sufferings of the flood affected people particularly the poor and the distressed the relief distribution activities had been intensified at Sundarganj, Sadar, Phulchhari and Shaghata upazila, said district relief and rehabilitation officer AKM Idris Ali

Meanwhile, Water Resources Minister Anisul Islam Mahmud said the government would construct an embankment from Shimla to Khubbandi of Sadar upazila aimed at protecting the locality from the erosion of Jamuna River.

"The government has already undertaken a project involving Tk 4.50 billion for building the dam and the construction work of the project will start this year after the approval of ECNEC," he said while inspecting the damaged portion of an embankment at Bahuka village this morning.
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