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Flood may deteriorate in the north

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 29 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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The water levels of major rivers, including the Teesta, are likely to increase rapidly, deteriorating the flood situation in the northern region of the country.

“There is a chance of heavy rainfall at places of the northern Bangladesh and Sub-Himalayan West-Bengal (Jalpaiguri, Sikkim) of India in the next 24-72 hours,” said Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

The Teesta river may rise and flow above or close to the danger level at Dalia Point in the next 24-48 hours.

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

Floodwater has started receding in different places of the country, but the screams of flood victims are yet to come to an end.

Millions of the flood victims are passing days in utter misery amid acute crises of food, drinking water and shelter in different parts of the country.

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

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

Many homes were washed away while others had their roofs blown off by the high winds during the storms.    The low-income families are now staring at the prospect of hardship in the wake of the destruction by the deluge.

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

So far, 507 diarrhoea cases have been reported in Sylhet, Rangpur, Chattogram and Mymensingh divisions on Tuesday, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre & Control Room of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

A total of 39 RTI, 64 skin disease, 17 eye infections and 23 injury cases has been reported in the divisions.

At least two people have died after drowning, one in Moulvibazar and one in Kurigram districts on the day, it said.

A total of 87 people have died in the flood-related incidents across the country since May 17 to June 28, it said.

Many of the worst-affected families in Sunamganj and Sylhet are returning to painful normal life as they remain stranded far from home in makeshift shelters.

Although the situation is improving, the harshness of the flooding continues to hold them back.

Women, children and the elderly are spending their days in inhumane conditions in a smattering of shacks built on higher ground.

They are living on the dry food and relief packets that are thrown from relief trucks and vehicles coming from different parts of the country.

The record-breaking floods have affected an estimated 7.2 million people who are in desperate need of shelter and emergency relief items in the north-eastern region, according to the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society.

Large parts of Sunamganj and Sylhet were completely cut off from the rest of the country as floods wreaked havoc on the road communication network in the region.

The situation was compounded by the flooding of power substations, with the resulting power outages also disrupting mobile networks.