The flood situation shows signs of improvement as the water levels of nearly all the rivers have started to recede.
The catastrophic and life-threatening deluge has wrecked havoc almost all over the country in the last two weeks, leaving at least 140 people dead and countless more marooned.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Sazzad Hossain, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), said: “As water levels in most of the rivers, including Brahmaputra, Ganges and Meghna, have been receding, the flood situation is now noticeable only in districts like Rajbari, Faridpur, Madaripur and Shariatpur.”
However, a FFWC bulletin said on Sunday that the water level is increasing in the Surma-Kushiyara river though it shows a downward trend in the Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Ganges-Padma rivers.
Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said many places in Rangpur, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions and a few places in Rajshahi, Khulna, Mymensingh and Dhaka divisions may experience heavy rainfall in the next 48 hours.
When asked about this, Sazzad Hossain said the flooding would not worsen despite the high possibility of rainfall.
Under the influence of the current floods, water is flowing above the danger mark at 17 of the 90 water level measuring stations in different rivers including the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna, and water levels rose at 30 points.
Water is flowing 11cm above the danger mark at Sirajganj points in the Jamuna river, 80cm at Singra points in the Gur, 31cm at Baghabari points in the Atrai, 94cm at Lakhpur points in the Lakhya, 22cm at Goalanda points in the Padma and 24cm at Kanaighat points in the Surma.
The BMD said the country experienced heavy rainfall in different parts in the last 24 hours.
The Met office recorded 108mm rainfall in Nakuagaon, 103mm rainfall in Durgapur, 100mm in Sunamganj, 87mm in Kurigram, 80mm in Rangpur and 78mm in Dalia.
Damage and disaster aid
According to the Department of Disaster Management, 7,869,215 people along with 640,786 houses in 32 districts have been badly affected by the devastating flooding.
The deluge also left over 588,378 hectares of cropland damaged and destroyed 8,381km of road networks across the country.
When asked about the causes of deaths during the floods, DDM officials said that being swept away in flood waters, snake bites, thunderbolts, wall collapses, and mudslides are among the major causes.
According to the DDM, some 106,321 victims have taken sanctuary at 355 shelters erected by the government.
The government has allotted 26,451 tonnes of rice and Tk85,070,000 as gratuitous relief and 31,980 corrugated iron sheets to repair the damaged houses.