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More areas to go underwater in 15 districts

  • Published at 04:47 pm July 15th, 2020
Floodwater reached houses in Rulipara village under Gabsara union under Bhuapur upazila of Tangail <strong>Dhaka Tribune</strong>
File photo: Floodwater reached houses in Rulipara village under Gabsara union of Tangail's Bhuapur upazila on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

The ministry said 23 districts will be affected by the floods

Flood situation may deteriorate further in 15 northern and central districts due to the rise of water level of main rivers including Padma, Ganges, Jamuna, and Brahmaputra.

At 9am on Wednesday, country’s Flood Forecast and Warning Centre (FFWC) said that the flood situation of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Jamalpur, Sirajganj, Tangail, Natore, Naogaon, Munshiganj, Manikganj Faridpur, Madaripur, Rajbari, Shariatpur and Dhaka will deteriorate further in next 24 hours.

However, the flood situation may improve in Sylhet and Sunamganj.

FFWC at 9am on Wednesday stated that the water level of Padma, Ganges, Jamuna and Brahmaputra was rising which may continue in the next 48 hours.

Moreover Padma may cross the danger level at Sureswar point under  Shariatpur district in next 24 hour though the river was flowing 61cm above the danger level at Goaluno point of Rajbari, 28cm and 25cm above the danger line at Bhagyakul and Mawa point of Munshiganj districts respectively.

Arifuzzaman, executive engineer of FFWC said: “Water level is rising due to upstream rainfall which will submerge low plain lands of the said districts more.”

Of the 101 water level monitoring stations of the Bangladesh Water Development Board across Bangladesh, 56 stations observed an increase in water levels, while 41 saw a decrease. The water level remained unchanged at four stations.

Water levels at 21 points in rivers across the country are currently flowing above the danger mark including on the Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Surma, Gur, Ghagot, Atrai, Padma,  Kushiyara, and Dhaleshwari rivers. Water level at 17 points which are already flowing above the danger level is on a rising trend.

However, water level of the rivers of the upper Meghna basin at North-eastern region is decreasing which may continue in the next 48 hours, FFWC said.

About 20,000 people took shelter in 1,035 shelter centres in 12 flood affected districts as of Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief. In all, 17 affected districts have been inundated by the floods, which have affected 1,457,827 people. 294,274 families are marooned in the floodwater.

Each affected district has received Tk500,000 from the ministry to provide cooked food in shelters.

About 8,210MT of rice, over Tk2.82 crore, 74,000 packets of dry food, Tk48 lakh for cattle food and another Tk48 lakh for baby food have been given so far. Three-hundred bundles of tin and Tk9 lakh have been distributed to repair damaged houses, Disaster Management and Relief Ministry said.

The ministry said 23 districts will be affected by the floods.

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