Flood frenzy hits central parts of the country
Published : Saturday, 20 July, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 1137
Flood situation will continue to worsen inundating four more districts - Faridpur, Manikganj, Munsiganj and Rajbari- in the middle parts of the country during the next 24 hours, forecasts the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) forecasts
Meanwhile, flood has started to subside in some of the northern districts including Bogura and Kurigram, though the rivers are still flowing above danger levels in almost all the affected areas.
Torrential rains in the northern and south-eastern parts of Bangladesh have put more than 4 million people at risk of food insecurity and disease, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Friday.
Thousands have been left stranded, without power and electricity, as floods and landslides ravaged roads and vital infrastructure while 66,000
homes have been destroyed, according to IFRC.
Food and clean water shortages are being reported as well as a rise in waterborne diseases.
"These communities are reeling under the full force of the monsoon rains and the ensuing floods and landslides. Even if the rains recede, overflowing rivers will worsen the flooding in the coming days," said Azmat Ulla, head of the IFRC's Bangladesh office.
There are fears that destruction of crops may lead to food shortages with children, breastfeeding mothers, pregnant women and the elderly being identified as most vulnerable.
"Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed which puts people further in the direct path of dangerous floods. We are seriously concerned about access to the affected populations," Md Feroz Salah Uddin, Secretary General of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, said and vowed to work for the distressed.
Overall flood situation in Jamalpur district deteriorated further affecting about 12 lakh 70 thousand people in 61 unions and six- municipality in all the seven upazilas in spite of receding water level.
Water Development Board sources said during the last 24 hours Jamuna dropped by 8 cm and was flowing 158 cm over the red mark at Bahadurabad Ghat point of Jamalpur till 9 am Friday.
In Sirajganj, flood situation remained unchanged in last 24 hours as water of the Jamuna river flowing 100cm above danger level at the hard point. Hundreds of low lying areas beside the Jamuna river have gone under flood water in Sirajganj, the District Relief and Rehabilitation Office (DRRO) said.
More than 21,000 families were marooned due to the recent flood in the district disrupting communication facilities in low lying areas.
The water at Mathurapara point of the Jamuna river in Bogura was flowing 128cm above the danger level in the early hours of Friday, but the water level went down 2.5cm within the next three hours, said Hasan Mahmud, Executive Engineer of Water Development Board in Bogura.
"So, we can expect that the flood situation will only improve from this point onwards," he said.
In Kurigram, flood situation has improved slightly with the water level of the Brahmaputra, Dudhkumar and Dharla rivers subsiding at Chilmari.
The water level came down to 12cm at Noonkhawa and 18cm at Dharla Bridge point in Sadar Upazila and 9cm at Kaunia point in Kaunia Upazila of Rangpur, according to Kurigram Water Development Board (WDB) control room.
A total of 7, 54,196 people of 1, 88,549 families in Kurigram's nine upazilas have been marooned by the floodwater. Among them, 4,996 people of 1,249 families have lost their homes to the flood.
Monsoon rains continue to affect most of the country, particularly the central-northern and south-east regions of Bangladesh, says UNICEF.
More than two million people have been affected by flooding, including around 700,510 children, according to UNICEF.
An estimated 367,341 houses have been damaged or destroyed and 1,866 primary and community schools have been damaged by floodwaters.
Cox's Bazar, home to more than a million Rohingyas, has been hit by excessive rain this month.
"Millions of children have seen their lives turned upside down by the torrential rainfall, flooding and landslides," said Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia.
"As the rains continue, these numbers are only likely to grow. UNICEF is responding urgently, working with local authorities and partners to ensure children are kept safe, and provide the support needed," she added.
While many areas remain inaccessible due to damage to roads, bridges and railways, the most urgent needs for children are clean water, hygiene supplies to prevent the spread of disease, food supplies and safe places in evacuation centres for children to play.
UNICEF is on the ground working in close coordination with respective governments and humanitarian partners from the three countries to scale up its responses and respond to the immediate needs of affected children and their families.