• Sunday, Aug 09, 2020
  • Last Update : 10:47 pm

Flood situation improves slightly, people still suffering

  • Published at 09:59 pm July 6th, 2020
File photo: People and their livestock suffering alike as flood inundates vast area in northern districts Courtesy- Touhid Pervez Biplob

Flood-affected people have been suffering from a lack of dry food and drinking water

The overall flood situation in Tangail, Kurigram and Jamalpur has improved slightly as the water level in many major rivers has been decreasing slowly.

The Water Development Board offices in the districts said the Jamuna, Brahmaputra, Dharla and the connecting rivers were mostly flowing above the danger level on Monday but showed a declining trend in some areas.

Meanwhile, flood-affected people have been suffering from a lack of dry food and drinking water. Road communications have been disrupted badly in the three districts.

In Jamapur, the Jamuna River was flowing 10 cm above the danger mark at Bahadurabad Ghat point in Dewanganj upazila. 

Abdul Mannan, Gauge Reader at Jamalpur Water Development Board, confirmed the matter.

Around 350,000 people who had taken shelter earlier began returning to their homes with the slow recession of the  floodwaters.

The flood-hit people are in need of dry food and drinking water. Large portions of roads have been damaged heavily.

Floodwaters have completely damaged at least 113km of roads and partially damaged 3 km of river embankments, according to the Relief and Rehabilitation Office.

Around 13,000 hectares of cropland, including paddy and vegetables, in the district have gone under water, said Aminul Islam, deputy director of the department of agriculture extension.

 In Tangail, around 129,000 people are still stranded in floodwaters while 3686 hectares of crop land remain underwater as the Jamuna, Dhaleswari and Jhinai rivers are still flowing above danger level.

Floodwaters have fully damaged at least 50km of roads and partially damaged 1064 houses, according to the Relief and Rehabilitation Office.

Regarding the situation, Tangail Water Development Board Sub-Assistant Engineer Rezaul Karim said: "The water level in many rivers in the districts has decreased, but the water level in the Jamuna, Dhaleswari and Jhinai rivers is still flowing above danger level.

In Kurigram, the water level in the Brahmaputra and Dharla rivers at Chilmari and Nunkhwa point has decreased while the water level in some points remains above danger level.

A large number of local residents, still stranded in floodwaters, have been suffering from lack of food and safe drinking water.

A lack of dry space and fodder for livestock has forced several flood victims to sell off their livestock, namely cows and goats, only to make ends meet.

Besides, many schools and colleges are still inundated in floodwaters, while paved and unpaved roads and a vast tract of crop land have been badly damaged.

Water Development Board Executive Engineer Ariful  Islam said: "Although the water level has decreased for now, it could increase after July 9  . Many low-lying areas could go under water again in mid July."

Our Correspondents Biswajit Deb, Jamalpur, Abdullah Al Numan, Tangail and Ariful Islam, Kurigram contributed to this report

blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail