Friday, 12 August, 2022

Flood improving

Flood improving

The overall flood situation in the country was improving as the water levels of major rivers started to fall on Friday.

The displaced people started returning home in the wake of the improvement of the flood situation.

Millions of the marooned people were looking for financial assistance to maintain their families.

The displaced people have to live in open sky as their dwellings were washed away by floodwater.

Flood victims were passing days in extreme misery amid the acute crises of food and pure drinking water and outbreaks of waterborne diseases.

They were desperately looking for relief. If they look a boat or a vehicle at the flood-affected areas, they rush to get relief.

Locals feared outbreaks of diarrhoea and other waterborne diseases in the flood-affected areas.

However, some areas still remained flooded and a lot of houses need repairs and cleansing.

As the water levels continued falling, the flood situation improved significantly in the last couple of days.

Water levels at 61 river stations monitored by the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) marked a rise while 41 stations recorded a fall on Friday.

Among the 109 monitored river stations, seven were registered steady while water levels at eight stations were flowing above the danger level, an FFWC bulletin says.

The Dharla at Kurigram, the Brahmaputra at Hatia, the Surma at Kanaighat, the Kushiyara at Amalshid and Sheola, the Old Surma at Derai, the Baulai at Khaliajuri and the Someswari at Kalmakanda were flowing above the danger level by 6cm, 21cm, 64cm, 84cm, 32cm, 17cm, 3cm and 38cm respectively, it said. 

A significant rainfall was recorded at some stations in different districts during the last 24 hours ending at 9am on Friday, it added.

A total of 122mm rainfall was recorded at Jariajanjail and 53mm at Lalakhal in Sylhet.

Significant rainfalls (mm) recorded during last 24 hours in Sikkim, Arunachal, Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura regions of North-East India.

A total of 41mm rainfalls were recorded at Cherrapunji (Meghalaya), 109mm at Jalpaiguri (West Bangal) and 98mm at Dibrugarh (Assam).

After a rise over the last two days, the water levels of the Surma and Kushiyara rivers started falling again in Sylhet and Sunamganj.       

The Water Development Board said the water level of the Surma declined by 10cm at Kanaighat point and 4cm at Sylhet Point at 12pm today. However, the water level of the Kushiyara River is stable.

In Sunamganj, the water level of the Surma has receded by 13cm at Sadar municipality on Friday morning. This district recorded 21mm of rain in the last 24 hours.

Road communication in four upazilas was still cut off as the floodwater has not receded completely. In Sunamganj municipal town, Kazir Point, Bilpara, Nabinagar, West Natunpara areas, floodwater fell slightly.

Meanwhile, the Flood Forecasting & Warning Centre of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said all major rivers in the north-eastern region of the country are in a falling trend, which may continue falling in the next 24 hours.

However, the Brahmaputra River is in a steady state, while the Jamuna River and Padma River are in the rising trend. These rivers may rise in the next 24-48 hours.

The flood situation in Kurigram, Sylhet, Sunamganj, Netrokona, Kishoreganj and Brahmanbaria districts may improve in the next 24 hours.