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Flood situation continues improving in Ganges basin

Around 214,000 worst-affected people have, so far, received relief materials to overcome their livelihood related hardships caused by the flood in different districts under Rajshahi division

Update : 13 Aug 2020, 02:04 PM

The overall flood situation has further improved in the Ganges Basin as a result of the continuous recession of water level in many of its rivers for the last couple of days.

Flood-affected people in many of the districts including Sirajganj, Bogra, Natore, Naogaon and Pabna districts have started returning back to their normal life as their waterlogging condition is being removed in wake of improvement of the flood situation.

Of 30 river points monitored in the Ganges basin today, water levels receded at 22 points while went up at eight points.

Apart from this, the rivers were flowing below the danger level at all the 30 points this morning. A declining trend of water was recorded at all the four points of the Ganges River and at many other points of Padma River Thursday morning, superintending engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) Mukhlesur Rahman told BSS.

The water level in the Ganges River decreased by 9cm each at Pankha in Chapainawabganj and at Rajshahi points respectively, 6cm at Hardinge Bridge and 3cm at Talbaria points.

The Ganges River was flowing 191cm, 203cm, 123cm and 113cm below the danger levels at Pankha, Rajshahi, Hardinge Bridge and Talbaria points respectively, while the Padma River was flowing five cm below the danger mark with a two cm fall at Goalundo point, he added.

The water level of the Korotoa River was reported a rising trend afresh at Chak Rahimpur, while falling trend at Bogra points and the river was flowing 139cm below the danger level at Chak Rahimpur with a 36cm rise. The river was flowing 248 cm below the danger mark at Bogra point with an 11 cm fall Thursday morning.

On the other hand, the local BWDB office has recorded a rising trend of water at all the three points of the Jamuna River. The water level increased by 13cm each at Sariakandi in Bogra and at Kazipur in Sirajganj and 12cm at Sirajganj points.

But, the river was still flowing 22cm, 39cm and 35cm below the danger level at the three points respectively at 9am Thursday. The Gur River was flowing 15cm above the danger level at Singra in Natore with a 5cm fall afresh while the Atrai River was flowing 5cm below the danger level.

Besides, the Atrai River was flowing 73cm below the danger mark at Atrai point while 289cm below the danger mark at Mahadebpur point in Naogaon.

Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), said of the 16 river points both in Ganges and Brahmaputra Basins, being monitored in many districts under Rajshahi division regularly, water levels decreased at nine points, while went up at seven points Thursday morning.

However, the rivers were flowing below the danger level at 15 points, while above the danger mark at one point during the period.

Around 214,000 worst-affected people have, so far, received relief materials to overcome their livelihood related hardships caused by the flood in different districts under Rajshahi division.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health has undertaken all possible measures to prevent any outbreak of water-borne diseases among the marooned people in the affected areas amid the recession of the floodwater. Some 2,694 patients were recorded to be suffering from various water-related diseases and 16 deaths occurred mainly caused by drowning and snakebite, since July 1, sources said.

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