Major rivers cross danger level at 21 more points across country
Floodwater starts receding in Kurigram
Major rivers crossed danger marks at 21 more points across the country as all the four of the country's major basins continued to rise due to incessant downpours and onrush of water from upstream, according to a bulletin of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) issued on Sunday.
All the major rivers of the country are in falling trend except the Padma and the rivers around the Dhaka City, the bulletin added.
Water levels at 53 river stations monitored by Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) have marked rise while 35 stations recorded fall.
Among the 93 monitored stations, water level at five river stations has been registered steady while water levels at 21 river stations are flowing above danger level, the bulletin added.
Meanwhile, the flood situation in Kurigram district has improved, despite three of its main rivers still flowing above the danger level. Floodwaters started to recede in many areas prompting many flood-hit people to return to their homes along with their cattle from the temporary shelters. Though Floodwater starts receding in Kurigram about a million people are still stranded in the district.
The sufferings of the flood-hit people in the district have increased because of shortage of drinking water, food, fodder, and fuel. Sanitation has also turned out to be a major problem with many people suffering from water-borne diseases.
However, flood situation in Tangail and Sirajganj districts may improve while flood situation in Manikganj, Rajbari, Faridpur and Munshiganj districts may remain unchanged in the next 24 hours, the FFWC bulletin said adding flood situation in Bogra, Jamalpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha and Sylhet districts may improve in next 24 hours.
The Surma at Sunamganj, the Kushiyara at Sherpur- Sylhet, the Titas at B.Baria, the Meghna at Chandpur, the Dharla at Kurigram, the Ghagot at Gaibandha, the Karatoa at Chak Rahimpur, the Brahmaputra at Noonkhawa and Chilmari, the Jamuna at Fulchari, Bahadurabad, Sariakandi, Kazipur, Serajganj and Aricha, the Atrai at Baghabari, the Dhaleswari at Elasin, the Old Brahmaputra at Jamalpur, the Padma at Goalundo, Bhagyakul and Surewsar are flowing above danger level 17cm, 31cm, 22cm, 14cm, 21cm, 53cm, 3cm, 21cm, 61cm, 101cm, 110cm, 86cm, 85cm, 75cm, 42cm, 83cm, 95cm, 16cm, 67cm, 31cm and 1cm respectively.
Water of the Dharla River was flowing 23cm above the danger level at Dharla Bridge point of Kurigram Sadar upazila after decreasing 36cm, sources at the flood control room of the Water Development Board in Kurigram told the correspondent.
At Chilmari Ghat point of Chilmari upazila, the water of Bhrahmaputra River was flowing at 63cm above the danger level after decreasing 27cm while water of Dudhkumar river was flowing at 25cm above the danger level after decreasing 32cm at Noonkhawa point of Sadar upazila in the last 24hours till Sunday morning
"My family, along with our livestock took shelter at Nurani-Hafezia Madrasah near his village area due to the rising flood water of the Dharla River," Nur Islam, 48, hailing from Char Shitayejhar village under Kurigram Sadar upazila said.
The flood water has receded significantly allowing Nur Islam and his family to return home but he will take his cattle back from the shelter after making necessary repairs.
Around 7,95,600 people of 1,98,900 families and 1,82,019 domestic animals (cow, buffalo, goat and sheep) from nine upazilas of the district were marooned by the floodwater and at least 4,996 people of 1,249 families (of them) have lost their homes in the flood this season in the district, sources at the district relief and rehabilitation office (DRRO) said.