Flooding to worsen in central parts
The flood situation will further deteriorate in Manikjang, Rajbari, Faridpur and Munshiganj districts in the next couple of days as water level in Ganga-Padma basin continues to rise, according to Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) Dharla in Kurigram and Ghagot in Gaibanda were on Saturday flowing above the danger level while Teesta, Jamuneswari and Karatoa flowing below the danger level at all points.
According to our district correspondents, flood waters submerged villages, educational institutions and damaged roads. Many people have lost their homes in the deluge while fodder shortage is looming large. Hundreds of flood affected people have taken shelter on the nearby flood control embankments and flood shelters with their belongings including domestic animals and poultry birds.
Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of the affected districts have claimed that the relief distribution among the flood victims in different upazilas has been intensified to mitigate their sufferings.
Rice, packets of dry food and water were distributed among the flood-hit people through District Relief and Rehabilitation (DRRO) office and upazila parisad, but these are not sufficient for the victims.
"As flood water is decreasing sharply from the low lying areas, the affected people now need cash incentives to repair their houses, latrines, tube-wells and for agricultural rehabilitation," an official of DRRO said.
He said the flood also hit the communication system.Ttrain link between Jamalpur-Bangabandhu east station has remained snapped as flood water submerged railway tracks. The same situation has been seen in grater Sylhet, he added. All the major rivers of the country are in rising trend except the Brahmaputra and the rivers in the north-eastern region, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).
Water level in the Brahmaputra was on Saturday above the danger level at Noonkhwa and Chilmari and the Jamuna was flowing above the danger mark all points except Aricha.
Atrai at Bagabari was flowing 27 cm above the danger level while Dhaleswari was flowing 51 cm above the danger mark at Elasin point. All other 13 rivers of Brahmaputra basin, including Buriganga, Babu, Turag, Lakhya, Kaliganga and Banshi were flowing much below the danger level.
According to the FFWC, water level marked a rise at 39 points in the last 24 hours while water level fell at 53 points during the same time period. However, FFWC monitored the water levels at 93 points across the country.
"The Padma at Sureswar point may cross the danger level in the next 24 hours," according to the executive engineer of FFWC Md Arifuzzaman Bhuyan.
He said significant rainfall was recorded within Bangladesh during the last 24 hours and a huge rainfall was recorded during the last 24 hours in Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura states of North-East India. Due to heavy rainfall, the water level in the rivers in downstream areas will mark a sharp rise.
"There is no heavy rain forecast in Bangladesh in the next 24 hours. Our rivers will carry the upstream waters in the next couple of days, which may cross the danger levels at different points of the rivers in Ganga basin, he added.
FFWC said the flood situation in Netrokona, Sunamganj, Sylhet, Habiganj and Moulvibazar districts may continue to improve in the next 24 hours. Flood situation in Bogra, Sirajganj, Tangail, Manikganj, Faridpur and Munshiganj districts may deteriorate as Jamuna and Padma may continue to rise in the next 24 hours. According to the information of Bangladesh Meteorological Department, there is no chance of heavy rain in the upstream states of Bangladesh in the next 48 hours.
The Brahmaputra river may fall while the Jamuna may continue to swell in the next 24 hours. The Ganges-Padma rivers may continue to rise in the next 48 hours. The Lakhya River at Lakhpur may cross danger level in the next 24 hours and the flood situation in Kurigram, Jamalpur and Gaibandha districts may remain static. Out of total 93 monitoring stations of the FFWC, 48 stations marked a rise and 44 recorded fall in 24 hours. Water levels at 25 monitoring points were flowing above the danger level.
In the Ganges basin, all rivers except Padma at Goalanda are flowing below the danger level. The Padma at Goalanda was flowing 17 cm above the danger level. In the Meghna basin, the Surma was flowing 86 cm above the danger mark at kanaighat, 44 cm at Sylhet, and 55 cm at Sunamganj. The Kushiyara was flowing 77 cm above the danger level at Amalshid, 70 cm at Sheola, and 50 cm in Sherpur.
The Manu at Moulavibazar, Old Surma at Derai, Someswari at Kalmakanda, Kngsha at Jariajanjail and Titas at B'Baria were flowing above the danger level. All other rivers in the Meghn basin were flowing below the danger level.
Flood situation substantially improved in the South Eastern areas as Muhuri, Feni, halda, Karnaphuli, Sangiu and Matamuhuri were flowing much below the danger level.
According to the experimental five-day forecast of the FFWC, flood situation may deteriorate in the Brhmaputra basin as the Brahmaputra and Jamuna will continue to rise at Chilmari, Bahadurabad, Sarikandi, Kazipur, Sirajganj, Porabari and Aricha over the next 120 hours. During the period, water flow of the Ghagot at Gaibandha and Dharala at Kurigram will fall but flow about 76 cm and 101 cm above the danger level respectively.
Our correspondents from food-hit areas are giving details information about the deluge. Flood situation in Bogra further deteriorated due to heavy rain and onrush water from upstream. Flood inundated new areas of Sonatala, Sariakandi and Dhunat upazilas. Water Development Board sources said the Jamuna was flowing 126 cm above the danger level at Mathurapara point of Sariakandi upazila at 12 noon on Saturday. At the same time, water level in the Bangali River was also rising. A total of 554 villages under 19 unions of three upazilas of Bogra were inundated, affecting about 1.25 lakh people.
The deluge destroyed 145 houses, crops on 5,380 hectares of land, 18- km earthen road and 24- km metalled roads, 64 primary and 12 secondary schools. The district administration has so far distributed 251 tonnes of rice and one thousand packets of dry food in Sariakandi upazila. In Sonatala upazila, local administration has distributed 500 packets of dry food, and 30 tonnes of rice. Affected families of Dhunat upazila were given two thousand packets of dry food and 322 tonnes of rice.
Constant rise of water in the Jamuna, Fuljore and Karatoa rivers caused huge damage to the houses, educational institutions, crops fields and roads and marooned several thousand people.
The Jamuna River was flowing 75 cm above the danger level at Sirajganj hard point and 105 cm above the danger mark at Kazipur point. District relief and rehabilitation office source said more than 22,200 families have been affected in the deluge.
Flood control embankment was damaged at Meghai Atapara point of Kazipur upazila, submerging Meghai, Paikartali, palashbari and Atapara villages. Overall flood situation in chars and Brahmaputra River basin under four upazilas in the Gaibandha district is improving as floodwater started receding from the affected areas. The officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said the Ghagot River in the district has been recorded a fall by 22 cm during the period and was flowing 72 cm above its danger mark at New Bridge Road point of the district town.
Assistant commissioner and acting district relief and rehabilitation officer M Shahidul Islam said as many as 4,85,328 people of the district have been marooned. Some 74,104 flood victims have taken shelter at 180 flood shelters of the district, he said.