The flood situation has started improving in the country’s northern region but the crises of food and drinking water have turned acute in affected areas.
The fall of water levels in the Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Teesta, Dharla and Dhudkumar rivers improved the flood situation slightly in Kurigram, Jamalpur, Gaibandha, Bogra and Sirajganj districts on Friday, said Sazzad Hossain, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre.
Fresh areas in country’s central part, including Manikganj, Faridpur, Rajbari, Munshiganj and Shariatpur districts, may be affected by the upstream water, he said.
The five rivers surrounding Dhaka are flowing 15cm to 120 cm below the danger level, he added.
The flood situation in the central region is still worsening with upstream river waters engulfing fresh areas in the region.
The Ganges and Padma are in rising trend and they may continue rising in the next 48 hours while the Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Surma and Kushiyara are in falling trend, according to FFWC.
Thousands of flood victims in the submerged areas have been passing their days amid acute crises of food and drinking water.
Some villagers have been evacuated from several flood-hit areas while many others have been found stranded. The shortage of food and pure drinking water intensified the sufferings of marooned people.
Local sources said erosion by major rivers has taken a serious turn in many areas, causing immense sufferings to people.
A large number of houses, structures, trees and crops on farmland have been washed away by floodwaters and strong current of rivers in different flood-hit areas.
Erosion by the Dharla, Padma, Brahmaputra, Teesta, Jamuna and Ghaghot continue in different places of Madaripur, Faridpur, Rajbari, Goalando, Gaibandha, Bogra and Sirajganj districts.
Many flood affected people have taken shelter on makeshift houses on high lands and roads, as their homes have been inundated with flood water.
In Jamalpur, at least four people died in inundated areas of the district on Friday.
Two people – Shahjada, 35, and Abdus Salam, 30 - died from electrocution in Islampur upazila of the district around 1:30pm.
Jubair Islam Joy, 14, drowned in Motherganj upazila around 1:00pm, said UNO Md Kamruzzaman to newsmen.
Ayesha, 13, drowned in Melanda upazila and her cousin Tapasi, 12, went missing along with her around 3:45pm, said Melanda Police Station Officer-in-Charge Mazharul Islam.
In Rajshahi , the body of a woman, namely Joynur Bibi, 45, who went missing on Thursday, was recovered on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, UNICEF has started providing its initial support to the country’s flood affected people, in addition to the ongoing preliminary rapid assessment.
UNICEF’s rapid needs assessment focuses on required assistance to the flood-hit people, specifically to women and children, said a press release on Friday.
As the sector lead for WASH, education, child-protection and nutrition at national level, UNICEF is closely monitoring the flood situation through its three field offices in Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rangpur.
As an immediate response, UNICEF, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health Engineering (DPHE), has provided 278,360 water purification tablets, 528 hygiene kits, 1,935 jerry cans and 425 kg of bleaching powder to approximately 4,250 flood affected people in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Sirajganj, Nilphamari, Netrokona, Jamalpur and Sylhet.
In Rangpur, the DPHE is providing portable clean water to affected communities, using UNICEF supported mobile water treatment plants.
To accelerate immediate response to the education sector, UNICEF has allocated US$90,000 to the three affected divisions. To repair schools, UNICEF is working with the district education authorities to support temporary education arrangement for displaced children in the shelters.
"UNICEF will stand by the flood affected people and continue its emergency support in close collaboration with the Bangladesh government," said Edouard Beigbeder, UNICEF country representative.