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Floodwater receding, sufferings lingering

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Floodwater receding, sufferings lingering
A man fixes his house that has been damaged by recent flood in Companiganj, Sylhet. —AFP Photo

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Floodwater started receding from the flood-hit areas of the country with water levels of major rivers coming down on Sunday.

Flood victims’ scream is yet to come to an end. They are passing days in extreme misery amid acute crisis of food and outbreaks of the waterborne diseases.

They are desperately looking for relief when they see any boats or vehicles in the flood-affected areas.

The displaced people started returning home in the wake of the improvement in the flood situation, but they are now seeking government assistance to set up their house and continue their livelihood.

Many waterborne diseases have broken out in the flood-affected areas with the floodwater receding.

Diarrhoea, respiratory tract infection (RTI), skin diseases and eye infection have been broken out among the flood-affected people as they are facing an acute crisis of pure drinking water.

So far, 452 diarrhoea cases have been reported in Sylhet, Rangpur, Chattogram and Mymensingh divisions on Sunday, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre & Control Room of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

A total of 27 RTI, 53 skin disease, 12 eye infections and 19 injury cases has been reported in the division, according to DGHS.

At least two people have died from drowning in separate incidents in Habiganj and Sherpur on the day, it said.

A total of 84 people have died so far from flooding across the country since May 17 to June 26, it said.

Since the onset of the floods, 2,050 medical teams have been working in the flood-affected areas.

They are providing food, saline, and medicine for the flood-affected people.

A total of six rivers were flowing above the danger level at six points in 10 districts on Sunday, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

Water levels receded at 92 points while increased at 15 points and remained stable at three points among the 109 river points monitored by the FFWC.

Surma River was flowing 75cm above the danger level at Kanaighat point, Kushiyara was 169 and 60cm above at Amalshid and Sheola point, Old Surma was 30cm above at Derai point, Baulai was 17cm above at Khaliajuri point, Someswari was 39cm above at Kalmakanda point and Titas was flowing 25cm above the danger level at Brahmanbaria point,       according to FFWC.

“All the major rivers in the country are in falling trend. The Brahmaputa-Jamuna, Padma and all the major river of the northeastern region of the country may continue falling in the next 48 hours, while the Dharala and Dudhkumar rivers of northern Bangladesh may continue falling in next 24 hours,” said Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, an executive engineer of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

“In the next 48-72 hours, there is a chance of heavy rainfall at places of the Sub-Himalayan West-Bengal (Jalpaiguri, Sikkim). Teesta River may rise and close to danger level at Dalia Point,” he said.

The flood situation in Sylhet, Sunamganj, Netrokona, Kishoreganj and Brahmanbaria may continue improving in the next 24 hours, he added.

There is a chance of a short-duration flood in the low-lying areas of Shariatpur and Madaripur in the next 24 hours.