Flood situation in the country’s north-eastern region has improved as water levels of major rivers have come down in the last couple of days but normalcy is yet to return to the flood-affected areas.
People living in the flood-hit areas are facing acute scarcity of food, pure drinking water and fuel oil as the government relief is too meagre to meet their requirements.Blaming mismanagement on the part of the authorities concerned for anomalies in relief distribution, local people said some flood victims have got relief materials 4 to 5 times while some victims did not get relief at all in Moulvibazar district.
The administration in Moulvibazar has been able to ramp up the measures to distribute relief among the victims with floodwater receding in the last couple of days.
The distribution has been marred by allegations of irregularities and thorough complains – what has been acknowledged as true by the authorities.
Most of the victims have been receiving lower amount of relief materials than the amount the local authorities earlier announced.
Some flood victims are not getting relief from the union office as their names are yet to put on the list.
People living in remote areas of the flood-affected districts are yet to get relief materials. They are passing miserable days due to shortage of food and pure drinking water.The existing flood situation in Moulvibazar and Sylhet districts may continue to improve in the next 24 hours, said Arifuzzaman Bhuyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center, on Thursday.
The major rivers of upper Meghna basin in the north-eastern region are in falling trend and major rivers of the north-eastern region may continue falling in the next 24 hours, he said.
Meanwhile, the Jamuna and the Ganges-Padma rivers are in rising trend and it may continue rising in the next 24 hours, while the Brahmaputra river is in steady state, he said.
The water in the river Surma at Kanaighat and Sylhet points, Kushiyara at Amalshid, Sheola and Sherpur-Sylhet points and Old Surma at Derai points was flowing above danger levels by 78cm, 11cm, 56cm, 51cm, 25cm, and 36cm respectively on Thursday.
More than 3 lakh people of 35 unions of the districts are facing difficulties due to the flood.
Many displaced people have started returning home in the wake of improvement in flood situation but they have to live under the open sky as their dwellings have been washed away by floodwater. The flood victims are seeking assistance from the government or other organisations to build their houses.