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Flooding improves in northern region

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 7th July, 2020 08:42:55 PM
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Flooding improves in northern region

The overall flood situation in the northern region improved on Tuesday, but riverbank erosion in many places of the country has intensified, leaving many people homeless.

River water has started to reduce in many places as the onrush of upstream water has come to a halt in the last couple of days.

Meanwhile, thousands of people marooned in the floodwaters in 15 districts are looking for financial assistance to maintain their families.

Many people have been displaced by the deluge. They have to live in the open sky after their dwellings were washed away by floodwater.

Now, they are seeking assistance from the government or other organisations to erect their houses.

Local sources said the government has speeded up relief distribution among flood victims in the affected areas, but these are not adequate.

They are now seeking financial assistance for building their dwellings.

More than 1.5 million people in 15 districts have been affected by the devastating flood.

The people marooned by the floodwater have taken shelter on embankments, roads, highlands and flood centres with their domestic animals and valuables as their houses have been washed away and crops damaged.

Different waterborne diseases like diarrhoea, dysentery, fever and cold-related complications and skin diseases are alarmingly breaking out.

Aman paddy and other seasonal crops in the districts have already been damaged as these has gone under floodwaters for more than one week, causing a huge economic loss for thousands of farmers.

The flood situation in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogura, Jamalpur, Tangail, Sylhet and Sunamganj has improved on Tuesday.

The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) forecasted on the day that the flood situation may improve in Sirajganj, Rajbari, Manikganj, Dhaka, Faridpur, Munshiganj, and Shariatpur in the next 24 hours.

The flooding in Natore and Naogaon may remain static during the period, said FFWC official Md Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan.

River water was rising at 37 of the 101 points observed by the warning centre in the morning.

Six major rivers are flowing above the danger mark (DM) at eight stations on the day, the FFWC said.