Monday, 8 August, 2022

Flood getting worse

The flood situation in northern and northeastern regions of the country has taken a turn for the worse as major rivers were swelling due to heavy downpour and onrush of upstream water on Thursday.

Major rivers in Sylhet started swelling again due to incessant rain from Tuesday. The Surma and the Kushiyara were flowing above their danger levels at some points.

The floodwater in the areas adjacent to Surma, Dhalai, Piyain, Sari and Lova riverbanks has almost receded.

But, the Surma is flowing 0.84cm above the danger level at Kanaighat point while the Kushiyara is flowing 1.12cm above the red mark at Amalshid point, according to Sylhet Water Development Board.

The water level of the Kushiyara River is in rising trend at Sheola and Fenchuganj points.

In Sunamganj, rains started again on Monday after a week. Rivers are swelling again due to onrush of water from upstream triggered by rains in Meghalaya and Cherrapunji of India.

The water level of the Surma River has increased by 32cm in the last three days.

According to Sunamganj Water Development Board, the Surma River was flowing 3cm below the danger level near Sunamganj town at 12 noon.

However, the river is flowing 83cm above the danger level in Chhatak upazila as the district recorded 195mm rainfall in the last 24 hours.

The Jamuna River has also started swelling in Sirajganj. The water of the Jamuna has increased by 20cm at Sirajganj point. But the river is flowing 80cm below the danger level at this point.

At Kazipur point, water level of the Jamuna has increased by 14cm and the river is flowing 70 cm below the danger level this morning, said Sirajganj Water Development Board Sub-divisional Engineer (Headquarters) Nasir Uddin.

Flood Forecasting & Warning Centre (FFWC) of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said there is a chance of heavy rainfall at places of the northern and northeastern Bangladesh along with Assam, Meghalaya and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal (Jalpaiguri, Sikkim) of India in next 24 hours.

As a result, the major rivers of northern Bangladesh (Teesta, Upper Atrai, Dharla, Dudhkumar, Upper Karotoa, Tangon, Punarbhaba and Kulikh) may rise rapidly during this period, it added.

The water level of the Teesta river at Dalia Point, Dharla river at Kurigarm point and Dudhkumar river at Pateswari point may remain close to danger level in next 24 hours.

The flood situation in Kurigram and Dinajpur districts of northern region and Sylhet, Sunamganj, Netrokona, Kishoreganj and Brahmanbaria districts of northeastern region may remain steady in next 24 hours, it added in their latest report. So far, 92 people have died in the flood-affected districts across the country during May 17 to June 30, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

In addition, 9,496 people were affected with various diseases such as vision impairment, diarrhoea, skin diseases or sustained snake bites during this period.

Of the casualties, four deaths and 819 infections were reported in the last 24 hours.  They died from drowning and snakebite in floodwater.

Sunamganj witnessed 185mm rainfall, Chattak of Sylhet witnessed 100mm rainfall, Jaflong of Sylhet witnessed 93mm rainfall, Kanaighat of Sylhet witnessed 85mm rainfall, Lorergarh of Sunamganj witnessed 85mm rainfall, Durgapur of Netrokona witnessed 78mm rainfall, Jariajanjail of Netrokona witnessed 76mm rainfall Sheola of Sylhet witnessed 60mm rainfall and Dakhinbagh of Sylhet witnessed 60mm rainfall during last 24 hours ending at 9:00am, according to FFWC.

Meanwhile, over 30 lakh people have been rendered homeless and as many as 40,000 houses destroyed in the recent floods in Sylhet, officials said on Thursday.

All the 13 upazilas of the district, including five municipalities, have been affected by the ongoing flood.

According to the local administration, over 2.5 lakh people are living in over 610 shelter homes across the district.

Ahsanul Alam, an assistant commissioner at Sylhet deputy commissioner's office told newsmen that a total of 40,019 houses have been fully or partially destroyed by the floods.

A list of the affected families has been sent to the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry so that they could be given some assistance, he said.

About 80 percent areas in Sylhet district were flooded, leaving over 21 lakh people marooned in the second wave of the deluge.