The first wave between June 26- July 7 inundated 12 districts
The country will witness a second wave of floods from July 11, which will submerge 23 districts of the country, the State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief has said.
“According to the forecast of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), water levels of the Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Meghna and Padma will start rising from July 10-11. During this time, 20-23 districts will be submerged,” Md Enamur Rahman said at a press conference from his office at the Secretariat on Thursday.
He said: “We have given directives on preparing a large number of shelters as a number of districts will be inundated this time. All would have to wear masks and maintain physical distance in the shelter centres.”
However, he did not mention the number of shelter centres to be used. “The deputy commissioners will send updated information on how many shelter centres will be used and how many people will take shelter there everyday.”
“Two hundred tons of rice, 2,000 packages of dry food, Tk2 lakh for food for children, Tk2 lakh for cattle fodder and Tk2-Tk5 lakh will be sent to the deputy commissioners of each of the 23 districts,“ he said.
A high level meeting was held on Thursday among the ministries concerned to tackle the impending calamity. The cabinet secretary was present at the meeting presided over by the state minister.
Enamur said: “Some important decisions were made in the meeting. The Local Government Division [LGD] will ensure pure drinking water and sanitary latrines. School complexes will be used as shelter centres, if needed. The Water Resource ministry will be alert to protecting dams.”
“The Agriculture Ministry will provide seeds, fertilizers and seedlings free of cost to the affected farmers after the water level declines. Loans at a minimum interest rate will be ensured for affected fish farmers,” he said.
The state minister said that there was no shortage of food and hence there was “nothing to be worried about.”
“The Armed Forces Division will take part in relief and rescue operations, if necessary,” he added.
“The first wave of floods in the country was between June 26 and July 7, when the water levels of all major rivers flowed above the danger mark. The loss and damage from the first wave of floods is yet to be calculated,” he further added.
Districts to go under water
Districts expected to witness flooding are Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Rangpur, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Sylhet, Sunamganj, Netrokona, Kishoreganj, Bogra, Sirajganj, Jamalpur, Tangail, Rajbari, Madaripur, Shariatpur, Chandpur, Munshiganj, Faridpur, Manikganj, Rajshahi, Natore, and Naogaon.
However, the first wave of the floods inundated 12 districts, mostly in the northern part of the country.
The Meteorological Department said that in the next 72 hours, the northern and north-eastern districts of Bangladesh may face heavy to very heavy rainfall. The Indian states of Assam, West Bengal and Meghalaya will experience heavy to very heavy rainfall during the period.
The Flood Forecast and Warning Centre (FFWC) noted in its forecast: “For this reason, the water level in all the rivers of the northern and north-eastern regions may rise rapidly.”