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Sufferings of flood victims mount

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 11 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Sufferings of flood victims mount

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The flood situation has improved further in the country’s northern region as the water level in major rivers is declining.

Though the displaced people have started returning to their homes, life in the flood-hit areas is yet to return to normalcy.

Thousands of people marooned by flooding in 13 different districts are passing days in extreme misery amid an acute crisis of food and pure drinking water and the spread of waterborne diseases.

The flood victims are desperately looking for relief. People are rushing to any approaching boat or vehicles in hope of receiving relief items.

The most affected districts are Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bagura, Jamalpur, Sirajganj, Tangail, Pabna, Manikganj, Gazipur, Rajbari, Faridpur, Munshiganj and Shariatpur.

The risk of an outbreak of diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases is also high in flood-affected areas.

“All the major rivers of the country are in falling trend which may continue in next 72 hours,” said Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

However, the Atrai River at Baghabari point, Dhaleswari at Elasin, Turag at Kaliakoir, Kaliganga at Taraghat, Padma at Goalundo and Sureswar and Meghna at Chandpur point were flowing above the danger level on the day, he said.

A huge onrush of river water damaged numerous houses, crops, communications infrastructures, educational institutions and other establishments in the flood-affected areas.

The local administration has been continuously distributing relief materials in the worst-affected areas since the flood began.

Simultaneously, the Department of Health has undertaken measures to prevent any outbreak of water-borne diseases in flood-affected areas amidst the coronavirus pandemic.