The Ganges River was flowing 167cm, 160cm and 83cm below the danger level at Pankha, Rajshahi and Hardinge Bridge points respectively, he added
After a rising trend amid heavy downpour and onrush from the upper catchment in the last few days, the water levels in many of the rivers in the Ganges basin started receding on Thursday, signalling improvement of the flood situation in the region within the next couple of days.
Of the total 30 river points being monitored in Ganges basin regularly, water levels decreased at 20 stations, while increased at nine stations and remained stable at one point at 9am on Thursday, creating a hope of reducing the plight of the flood-affected people in the char (shoal) and other low-lying areas.
The rivers were flowing below the danger level at 22 points, while above danger mark at seven points in the morning.
Local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) has recorded a falling trend of water levels at the points of Pankha, Rajshahi, Hardinge Bridge and Talbaria in the past 24 hours ending 9am on Thursdays, Mukhlesur Rahman, Superintending Engineer of BWDB, told BSS.
Water levels of the Ganges River decreased by 3cm each at Pankha in Chapainawabganj and Talbaria points, 4cm at Rajshahi and 8cm at Hardinge Bridge points while the level in the Padma River decreased by 12cm at Goalunda point.
The Ganges River was flowing 167cm, 160cm and 83cm below the danger level at Pankha, Rajshahi and Hardinge Bridge points respectively, he added.
Besides, the water level of the Korotoa River and the Jamuna River under the Brahmaputra Basin which flow in Bogra and Sirajganj districts have seen a receding trend in the morning, signalling further improvement in the flood situation in the two districts within the next couple of days.
Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), said the water level in the Korotoa River decreased by 2cm at Bogra point while decreased by 5cm at Chak Rahimpur. The river was flowing 148cm and 34cm below the danger mark at the two stations respectively in the morning.
The Jamuna River further receded by 15cm at Sariakandi in Bogra, 14cm at Kajipur in Sirajganj and 13cm at Sirajganj point and the river was still flowing 67cm, 48cm and 47cm above the danger mark at Sariakandi, Kazipur and Sirajganj points respectively.
He also said the water level in the Gur River decreased by 6cm at Shingra point in Natore and the river was flowing 84cm above the danger mark.
The Atrai River was flowing 84cm above the danger level at Baghabari point in Sirajganj district with a 10cm fall afresh in the morning.
Water level in the Mohananda River further receded by 7cm at Rohanpur point in Chapainawabganj and the river was flowing 86cm below the danger mark.
The Atrai River was still flowing 4cm above the danger mark at Atrai point in Naogaon with a 7cm fall afresh while 316cm below the danger mark with 4cm reduction at Mohadevpur point in Naogaon.
Of the 15 river points both in Ganges and Brahmaputra basins, monitored in almost all eight districts under Rajshahi division, water levels decreased at all the points.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health has undertaken all-possible measures to prevent any outbreak of water-borne diseases among the marooned people in the flood-affected areas amid the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Divisional Director of Health Dr Gopendra Nath Acharya told BSS that 658 medical teams are working in 101 flood affected unions under 18 upazilas in the division. Besides, 18 flood shelters were opened in Bogra district.
He added that 50 unions in Sirajganj, 19 in Pabna, 17 in Bogra, 10 in Naogaon and five in Natore districts are the worst affected ones.
He said they have also recorded 1,628 other patients suffering from various other flood-related diseases including 68 diarrheal and nine respiratory tract infections since July 1 last.
Moinul Islam, additional divisional commissioner of Rajshahi, said the district and upazila administrations with the local public representatives have further intensified relief activities in the worst-affected areas.
He also said the district administrations and BWDB are closely monitoring the situation and taking instant steps when and where necessary during the deluge in Rajshahi division.