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Flooding lingers in northern, central regions

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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The overall flood situation in the districts of north and central regions of the country is lingering as the local rivers are still flowing above the danger marks. 

Many flood affected people took shelter at makeshift houses in safe areas and on roads as their homesteads have been inundated by floodwater.

People living in the low lying areas of Kurigram, Rangpur, Sirajganj, Pabna, Kushtia, Manikganj, Rajbari, Faridpur and Shariatpur districts are leading a very miserable life due to the deluge since last week.

The Brahmaputra, Jamuna and the Padma River are in rising trend, which may continue in the next 48 hours, said Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).

The flood situation in the low lying areas of Kurigram, Tangail, Sirajganj, Pabna, Manikganj, Rajbari, Faridpur, Shariatpur and Chandpur districts may deteriorate in the next 24 hours, he added.

The Jamuna River at Bahadurabad, Fulchuri and Mathura points may cross danger level in next the 48 hours, according to a forecast of FFWC on Friday.

Dudhkumar at Pateswari point, Dharla at Kurigram, Brahmaputra at Chilmari, Jamuna at Sariakandi, Kazipur , Serajganj and Aricha, Atrai at  Baghabari, Dhaleswari at Elasin, Padma at Goalundo and Sureswar and Meghna at Chandpur points were following above the danger levels on the day.

The flooding has affected thousands of people and damaged their standing crops, communications infrastructures, educational institutions and other establishments.

The flood victims are not getting adequate foods and safe drinking water. Though government relief materials reached the flood-hit areas, they were insufficient, locals alleged.

Experts apprehended outbreaks of diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases in the flood affected areas.

Erosion has taken a serious turn at places in central region due to strong current. Water Development Board (WDB) authorities have been working on emergency protection at the damaged points of various flood control embankments.