Hundreds of people who were forced to take makeshift refuge elsewhere leaving their homes as rivers in Brahmaputra Basin surpassed their banks, started returning their abode with recession of waters in the streams, officials said Monday.
District administration officials said most of the displaced people in Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Lalmonirhat and Kurigram districts already returned homes as flood water has been continuously receding during past four consecutive days till today in 10 northern districts on Brahmaputra basin.
The other people displaced due to flood in Gaibandha district might start to come back their homes within the next couple of days while the flood situation remained grim in Bogra and Sirajganj districts.
Meanwhile, over 7,500 tonnes of rice, Taka 1.55 crore and about 45,000 packets of dry foods were being distributed in full swing in ten flood- affected northern districts.
"We have intensified distribution of relief materials in all eight districts under Rangpur division where flood situation is improving fast at most places in seven districts except Gaibandha," Divisional Commissioner Kazi Hasan Ahmed said today.
Moreover Disaster Management and Relief Ministry would soon begin massive post-flood rehabilitation programmes to reconstruct and repair the damaged houses in the flood-affected areas, he said.
"Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury is expected to launch post-flood agricultural rehabilitation programmes by distributing Aman seedlings free of costs among affected farmers in Nilphamari district on August 24 next," Ahmed added.
Water Development Board (WDB) officials said flood situation improved further during past 24 hours ending at 9am today and the trend might continue during next 72 hours as the onrush of waters from the upstream reduced further.
The major rivers and tributaries were flowing above danger mark (DM) at only seven points in 10 northern districts on the Brahmaputra basin today.
The Brahmaputra was flowing 1cm above DM at Fulchhari, Kartoa 7cm at Chak Rahimpur and 68cm at Kanthakhali, Jamuna 40cm at Bahadurabad, 37cm at Sariakandi, 72cm at Kazipur and 72cm at Sirajganj points at 9am today.
The Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharla, Dudhkumar, Kartoa, Tangon, Punorvoba, Ich- Jamuna and Upper Atrai rivers and other tributaries were flowing below DM at all other points.