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Sufferings of flood victims mount

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 5 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Sufferings of flood victims mount
A woman with her child on the lap is seen standing amid waist-deep water at Dalika Char in Sariakandi upazila of Bogura on Saturday. The swelling Jamnua River has submerged villages and chars on both sides of the river, rendering thousands of people homeless. – SUN PHOTO

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Sufferings of thousands of flood victims know no bounds as river erosion has taken a serious turn in different parts of the country.

Fresh areas of lower basin have gone under floodwater as the water levels in the rivers Padma and Jamuna have increased, causing immense sufferings to the people.

Thousands of people have been passing miserable days amid shortage of food after floodwater entered their homesteads, leaving them marooned.

Besides, river erosion has been taking a heavy toll on the people of some riverbank areas.

In Manikganj, over 1,000 houses have been lost with the rise in water levels in the Padma and Jamuna rivers.

The Disaster Management Directorate and Manikganj district administration have distributed relief and food items among hundreds of erosion victims. But erosion affected people complained that the amount of food assistance is inadequate compared to their numbers.

According to Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) officials, water levels of all major rivers, except the Dharla in Kurigram, marked falls during the period but were still flowing above the danger levels (DL) at 10 points in five northern districts.

No notable rainfalls were recorded from the upstream in the northeastern Indian states and also from the downstream in the Brahmaputra basin during the last 24 hours.

A bulletin of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) of BWDB said that the water level in Brahmaputra is falling while the Jamuna is in a steady trend and water levels of both rivers may fall a bit in the next 24 hours.

The bulletin also has predicted that the water level in the Padma will continue to rise and the flood situation in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogura, Tangail, Sirajganj, Pabna, Manikganj, Rajbari, Faridpur and Shariatpur districts may deteriorate during that time.

According to Chief Engineer for Rangpur Zone of BWDB Jyoti Prosad Ghosh, the Dharla marked a further rise by 33cm at Kurigram and was flowing 61cm above the DL. Meanwhile, the Ghaghot fell by 3cm and was flowing 17cm above the DL at Gaibandha point. The Brahmaputra fell 8cm at Hatia and 7cm at Chilmari and was flowing above the DL by 2cm and 43cm at these points respectively in Kurigram.

Besides, the Jamuna was flowing above the DL by 48cm at Phulchhari and 30cm at Shaghata in Gaibandha, 59cm at Bahadurabad in Jamalpur, 68cm at Sariakandi in Bogura and 67cm each at Kazipur and Sirajganj points in Sirajganj.

Monsoon weather is fairly active across the country and moderate in the North Bay, said Abul Kalam Mallik, senior meteorologist at the Met Office. He also said that chances of rainfall may increase towards the end of the week.