Brahmaputra, Ghagot start swelling in Gaibandha

12 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

GAIBANDHA: The water level of the rivers Brahmaputra and the Ghagot started rising again triggering fresh anxiety and panic among the flood hit people of the district, reports BSS.

Officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (WDB) said water level of the Brahmaputra river rose by 10 cm in last 24 hours and was flowing 4 cm above its danger mark at Fulchharighat point of the district at 6:00am on Saturday.

The Ghagot river also registered rise by 6 cm during the period and was flowing 39 cm below its danger level at New Bridge Road point of the district town on Friday morning at 6 am.

Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Alamgir Kabir Saikat said around one lakh 22 thousand and 320 people of Sundarganj, Sadar, Fulchhari and Shaghata upazilas of the district have been marooned.

Several hundreds people of the upazilas have taken shelter at different institutions including school, college and madrashas which are being used as flood shelter centers, he also said

Apart from it, thousands of flood victims have taken shelter at the government embankments, higher places and relatives’ houses with domestic animals, poultry birds and other belongings, he added.

The incessant rainfall has increased the sufferings of the flood victims who had been residing on the flood control embankments for last few days with their makeshift houses , he further added.

Civil Surgeon Dr. ABM Abu Hanif said the health department also took measures so that water borne diseases like diarrhoea, cholera and dysentery were not broken out in flood prone areas here, said

A number of medical teams led by doctors and health workers have been working in the flood affected areas of the district round the clock to check spread of any types of water borne diseases, he also said.


A number of control rooms have also been opened to help the flood hit people to facilitate health services and counselling among the flood victims , the CS added.


Deputy commissioner Abdul Matin told BSS that 220 tonnes of rice have been distributed among flood victims of the upazilas so far to mitigate the sufferings of the flood victims, relief distribution activities have also been intensified for last couples of weeks.