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Flood situation in three N dists improving

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 17 July, 2023 12:00 AM
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The flood situation in the three northern districts has been improving as the onrush of upstream water has started to recede since Saturday.

“The Brahmaputra River is on a falling trend while the Jamuna River is on a rising trend. The water level of both the river may fall in the next 24 hours,” said Sarder Udoy Raihan, Executive Engineer of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).

All the major rivers in the North-Eastern region of the country are on a falling trend, which may continue in the next 24 hours, he said.

The flood situation in the low-lying areas of Kurigram district may continue to improve in the next 24 hours, added the official.

The overall flood situation in Kurigram has started to improve as the water level in most rivers of the district is receding, according to a report from UNB.

Except for the Dudhkumar, all the rivers in Kurigram, including the Teesta, the Brahmaputra and the Dharla, are now flowing below the danger level.

However, there is a shortage of dry food and clean water as people have been stranded for four to five days due to flood water. There is also a shortage of cattle fodder and fuel.

According to the district relief and rehabilitation office, 185 villages of 45 unions under the district have been affected by the ongoing flood. As many as 62,880 people have become victims of river erosion and floods.

Additionally, five educational institutions were completely damaged and two were partially damaged.

Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Saidul Arif said 650 metric tonnes of rice and Tk 10 lakh have been allocated for the flood victims. Of these, 275 metric tonnes of rice and Tk 9 lakh have already been disbursed.

“In addition, 361 temporary and 18 permanent shelters are ready for the flood-affected people. We have 275 shallow boats ready, including four rescue boats, to rescue the flood victims. We are ready to deal with any kind of emergency,” he added.