• Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020
  • Last Update : 08:59 am

Flood situation further improves in Brahmaputra, Ganges basins

  • Published at 02:20 pm August 8th, 2020
Flood-affected people returning home as floodwater continues to recede in the Brahmaputra basin BSS

Rajshahi divisional health department recorded 2,126 patients suffering from various water-related diseases since July 1

The flood situation improved further in the last 24 hours ending at 9am Saturday amid incidents of sporadic riverbank erosion due to stronger current with sharp fall in water levels of major rivers in the Brahmaputra and Ganges basins in the absence of heavy downpour and onrushing of water from upstream.

Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) officials said major rivers in the B’putra basin were flowing well below the danger mark at all monitoring points in eight deluge-affected northern districts where many displaced people already returned homes.

Meanwhile, among the monitored of 30 river points in Ganges basin, water levels of 21 stations have declined while went up at seven points and remained stable at two points.

The government through the district administrations has further intensified relief activities in flood-affected areas of Rangpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogra and Sirajganj districts in the basin.

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 145 flood-affected unions under 18 upazilas in Rajshahi division. Besides, 308 flood shelters were opened for the flood-hit people in Sirajganj, Bogra and Naogaon districts.

He added that 64 unions in Sirajganj, 24 in Bogra and 19 each in Pabna, Naogaon and Natore districts are worst affected.

“We’ve recorded 2,126 patients suffering from various water-related diseases, including 87 diarrheal and 12 respiratory tract infections since July 1,” Dr Gopendra Nath Acharya said.

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