• Thursday, Aug 13, 2020
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Flood situation improves further in Brahmaputra basin

  • Published at 10:32 pm July 29th, 2020
Munshiganj Flood
File photo: Floodwater has inundated a village at Louhajang upazila in Munshiganj, making access to food and safe water extremely difficult for the villagers. The photo was taken on Thursday, July 23, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

'All the flood control structures of BWDB are safe in the Rangpur zone where riverbank protection works are being conducted at vulnerable points when and where necessary'

The flood situation improved further with a continuous fall in the water levels of major rivers in the Brahmaputra basin.

There have been no rains recorded in the northwestern Indian states during the 24 hours ending at 9am on Wednesday.

Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) officials said the water levels of all major rivers, except the Dharla and Teesta, marked a further sharp fall with a reduction in the rate of onrushing hilly water from the upper catchment during the period.

Despite a continuous fall in their water levels during the past couple of days, the Dharla, Ghagot, Brahmaputra and Jamuna were still flowing above the danger mark at eight points in the basin at 9am on Wednesday.

According to sources at the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre of BWDB, the flood situation might continue to improve further in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Jamalpur and Sirajganj districts during the next 24 hours.

BWDB officials said the Brahmaputra was flowing above the danger mark by only 28cm at Chilmari, Dharla by only 7cm at Kurigram and Ghagot by 38cm at Gaibandha points at 9am on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Jamuna was flowing above the danger mark by 61cm at Fulchhari, 72cm at Bahadurabad, 82cm at Sariakandi, 62cm at Kazipur and 60cm at Sirajganj points at 9 am on Wednesday.

Executive Engineer Mokhlesur Rahman at BWDB’s Gaibandha division said incidents of sporadic riverbank erosions were being reported from some vulnerable riverside points where protection works were continuing in the district.

Executive Engineer of BWDB at its Kurigram and Lalmonirhat divisions Ariful Islam said riverbank protection works were going on at several vulnerable points in these districts. where the flood situation continued to improve.

Chief Engineer for Rangpur Zone of BWDB Jyoti Prosad Ghosh told BSS that incidents of sporadic riverbank erosion had been reported from various vulnerable riverside areas in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha and Rangpur districts.

“All the flood control structures of BWDB are safe in the Rangpur zone where riverbank protection works are being conducted at vulnerable points when and where necessary,” Ghosh added.

Additional Divisional Commission (General) Md. Zakir Hossain said the district adanger markinistrations had further intensified relief activities in the flood-affected northern districts.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer (DRRO) of Kurigram Abdul Hye Sarker said the second phase of floods had affected over 2.50 lakh people of 62,630 families in 475 villages in 56 unions of all nine upazilas in the district this season.

“Distribution of 190 tonnes of rice, Taka 13 lakh, 6,000 packets of dry food, Taka six lakh for baby food and Taka nine for lakh animal fodder continues in full swing among the flood-affected people in three upazilas of the district,” Hye added.

DRRO of Gaibandha Moazzem Hossain said more than 2.50 lakh people had been affected by floods in 44 unions and one municipality of six upazilas in the district.

“We are distributing 350 tonnes of rice, Tk,8,00,000, 5,650 packets of dry food, Tk2,00,000 for baby food and 7,00,000 for animal fodder continues in full swing among flood-hit people across the district,” Hossain said.

Similarly, the district administrations are continuing distribution of relief materials and cash money among flood-hit people in all affected areas of other northern districts in the Brahmaputra basin.

Talking to BSS, Divisional Director (Health) Dr. Amin Ahmed Khan said 713 medical teams were extending health services to the people residing in flood-prone and other rural areas across Rangpur division.

In Jamalpur, although the water levels of the Jamuna and the Brahmaputra rivers have fallen, they still remain above the danger mark.

The water level at the Bahadurabad Ghat point of Jamuna river fell by 33cm in the last 24 hours, flowing 72cm above the danger mark. In the same period, the water level of the Ferry Ghat point of Brahmaputra river fell by 8cm, flowing 10cm above the danger mark, our Jamalpur correspondent Biswajit Deb reports.

One million people in the district are currently trapped by the floodwaters, reports our correspondent Bishwajit Deb.

Jamalpur Water Development Board Executive Engineer Mohammad Abu Saeed and Jamalpur Water Development Board Water Gauge Reader Abdul Mannan confirmed the data at 8am on Wednesday.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Naib Ali said that Tk24 lakh, 610 metric tons of rice, Tk2 lakh worth of baby food, 11,000 packets of dry food, and Tk12 lakh worth of cattle feed had been distributed among those worst-hit by the floods.

In Tangail, at least 1,00,00 people of 30 more villages have been marooned in the district as the vast area has been completely waterlogged because of the recent flood, reports our correspondent Abdullah Al Numan.

Syed Kabiruzzaman Doll, member of ward no-3, Gharinda union said: “We repeatedly asked the BWDB authority to take measures to prevent the damage caused by floods, but as they paid no heed to us, the whole area is waterlogged.”

Sirajul Islam, executive engineer of BWDB, said: “We placed geo bags to prevent the embankment from collapsing. However, as it has already collapsed, we have to wait for the floods to end to start the work.”

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