The overall flood situation in the northern and northeastern regions of the country was improving with water of different rivers decreasing in many places on Saturday.
Seven rivers were flowing above the danger level at 10 points in 11 districts on Saturday, the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said.
Except Teesta basin, heavy-to-very heavy rainfall inside Bangladesh and different upstream Indian regions is unlikely in the next 48 hours, said Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of the FFWC.
The Brahmaputa-Jamuna, Ganges-Padma, Dharala, Dudhkumar and all the major river of the northeastern region of the country may continue falling in the next 48 hours, he said.
“There is a chance of medium to heavy rainfall in the sub-Himalayan West-Bengal (Jalpaiguri, Sikkim). As a result, the water level of Teesta River may remain close to the danger level,” he said.
The flood situation in Sylhet, Sunamganj, Netrokona, Kishoreganj and Brahmanbaria districts may improve in the next 24 hours, officials said.
The flood situation in the low-lying places of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogura, Sirajganj, Tangail and Jamalpur may improve.
The Brahmaputra river was flowing 15cm above the danger level at Hatia point, Surma was 83 and 2cm above the danger level at Kanaighatand and Sylhet points, Kushiyara was 179, 64 and 4cm above the danger level at Amalshid, Sheola and Markuli points, Old Surma was 41cm above the danger level at Derai, Someswari was 41cm above at Kalmakanda point and Titas 29cm above the red mark at Brahmanbaria point.
Although flood water has begun to recede, the people marooned in different flood-hit areas are passing days in extreme misery amid acute crises of food and pure drinking water and outbreaks of waterborne diseases.
The flood-affected people of the northern and northeastern regions have been suffering from an acute scarcity of food, pure drinking water and fuel oil as government’s relief is too meager to meet their requirements.
Locals feared that diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases may break out in the flood-affected areas.
The marooned people have started returning home in the wake of improvement in the flood situation, but they have to live in open sky as their dwellings were washed away by floodwaters. They also suffered huge losses as their crops were damaged by the floods.
Now, they are seeking assistance to erect their houses and plant crops again on their lands.
The government has distributed relief among the flood victims in the affected areas. But, these are not adequate, many flood victims alleged.
They also said that they are seeking financial assistance to build their dwellings and start cultivation.
In another development, flood claimed nine more lives in different parts of the country in 24 hours till Saturday morning, raising the total fatalities in the natural disaster to 82.
Five of them died in Mymensingh division and four in Sylhet division, according to the Directorate general of Health services (DGHS).
Among the deceased, seven have died from drowning in floodwater and one from snake biting and another died of other reasons.
The total deaths were recorded from May 17 to June 25.
Among a total of 70 flood-affected upazilas, 33 upazilas are in Sylhet division, 16 in Rangpur division, 20 in Mymensingh division and one in Chattogram division.
Sylhet, Sunamganj, Netrokona and Kurigram are the worst-hit districts where 13, 11, 10 and 9 upazilas were affected by flood respectively.
A total of 1,944 flood shelters have been opened, while 2,051 medical teams are working to provide various health services to the flood-affected people.