• Thursday, Aug 13, 2020
  • Last Update : 10:51 pm

Water level recedes in Ganges basin

  • Published at 05:52 pm August 2nd, 2020
A part of damaged roads in Kurigram that felt victtim to flood that is being continued for about a month. Photo taken on July 26, 2020.
A part of damaged roads in Kurigram that felt victtim to flood that is being continued for about a month. Photo taken on July 26, 2020.

Around 700,000 people were affected by flood and standing crops on 27,773 hectares of land were submerged so far in Rajshahi, Natore, Naogaon, Sirajganj and Bogra

The flood situation has been improving in the region for the last few days as water continues to recede in many rivers in the Ganges basin for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday.

Of the total 30 river points, being monitored in Ganges basin regularly, water levels decreased at 24 stations, while went up at five points and remained stable at one point at 9 am on Sunday, creating a further hope of reducing the plight of the flood-affected people in the char (shoal) and other low-lying areas.

The local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) has recorded a continuous falling trend of water at the points of Pankha, Rajshahi, Hardinge Bridge and Talbaria in the past 24 hours ending 9am on Sunday, Mukhlesur Rahman, superintending engineer of BWDB, told BSS.

On the other hand, the water level of the Korotoa River and the Jamuna River under the Brahmaputra Basin which flow through Bogra and Sirajganj districts were seen a rising trend again this morning, forecasting deterioration in the flood situation in the two districts.

Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), said the water level in the Korotoa River increased by 19cm afresh at Chak Rahimpur, while decreased by 2cm at Bogra point. However, the river was flowing 26 cm and 168 cm below the danger mark at the two stations respectively this morning.

The Jamuna River increased by 8cm at Sariakandi in Bogra, 5cm at Kajipur in Sirajganj and 4cm at Sirajganj point and the river was flowing 61cm, 32cm and 38cm above the danger mark at Sariakandi, Kazipur and Sirajganj points respectively.

He also said the water level in the Gur River increased by 1cm at Shingra point in Natore district and the river was flowing 76cm above the danger mark.

Meanwhile, the civil administration has, so far, recorded that around seven lakh people were affected by flood and standing crops on 27,773 hectares of land were submerged in Rajshahi, Natore, Naogaon, Sirajganj and Bogra.

Divisional Director of Health Dr Gopendra Nath Acharya told BSS 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 recorded 1,893 patients suffering from various other flood-related diseases, including 60 diarrheal and nine respiratory tract infections since July 1.

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