River erosions intensified with floodwater receding in several districts of northern and central regions in the country on Thursday.
Rapid recession of floodwater triggered strong current in the rivers that has been causing erosion of the riverbanks in the districts since the last couple of days, said Dr. A.K.M. Saiful Islam, professor at the Institute of Water and Flood management of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).
Local sources said erosion by major rivers has taken a serious turn in many areas, causing immense sufferings to people.
A large number of houses, structures, trees and crops on vast tracts of land were washed away by floodwaters.
Incidents of sporadic riverbank erosion have been reported from alongside the major rivers in Kurigram, Manikganj, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Sirajganj, Shariatpur, Rajbari, Bhola and Tangail districts, local sources said.
Water levels of all the major rivers of the country are falling and the trend may continue in the next 72 hours, said Arifuzzaman Bhuyan executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).
In the next 24 hours, the flood situation may continue improving in Sirajganj, Pabna, Tangail, Manikganj, Rajbari, Faridpur, Munshiganj and Shariatpur districts, he said. The marooned people have started returning home in the wake of improvement of the flood situation, but they have to live in the open sky as their dwellings were washed away by floodwaters.
The government has distributed relief among the flood victims in the affected areas, but these are not adequate, alleged some victims.