Flood remains in Natore, Manikganj, Rajbari and Faridpur although the situation may improve in the next 24 hours
The Flood Forecast and Warning Centre (FFWC) has said that the flood situation remains unchanged in four districts as of Tuesday morning.
According to the flood forecast of 9am, flood remains in Natore, Manikganj, Rajbari and Faridpur although the situation may improve in the next 24 hours.
However, many structures and roads of the districts of the central region including Munshiganj and Gopalganj still remain under water.
Ariffuzzaman Bhuyan, executive engineer of FFWC said they are the result of water logging.
“Flood water and water logging is a different issue. Flood water has been cleared away from 99% of the country. The places where people are suffering are from water logging, not from flood water,” he said.
“Most probably from tomorrow (Wednesday) we will not forecast flood considering river water level, thus the forecast will be more concise,” he said.
Currently, water levels of six rivers and canals are flowing above the danger line at seven different points across the country. The Gur river is flowing above the danger level at Singra point, Dhaleswari at Elasin and at Jagir, Turag at Mirpur, Tongi Khal at Tongi, Kaliganga at Taraghat, and Padma at Goalundo.
These rivers were flowing 4cm to 27cm above the danger line at 9am Tuesday and water levels are decreasing at all points.
“We consider areas where big rivers flow above the danger mark as flood affected. Small rivers do not have much influence. That is why we are not identifying Dhaka and Tangail as flood affected districts.
According to the forecast of 9am, water level of Ganges and Padma rivers are falling, and that will continue for the next 48 hours. Water levels of the rivers surrounding Dhaka are also in a decreasing trend, and that will continue for the next 24 hours.
Water level of all the rivers of the Meghna basin except Kushiara is falling , which will continue for the next 24 hours.
Meanwhile, water levels of the Brahmaputra are rising while that of the Jamuna are falling. The rising trend of the Brahmaputra may continue for 48 hours while the Jamuna may keep stable in the next 24 hours.
7 die in 5 districts
The Health Directorate (DGHS) said the floods claimed the lives of seven people in five districts in 24 hours till Tuesday noon, UNB reports.
With the latest ones, the death toll from the flood reached 198.
Seven people drowned in floodwaters in Kishoreganj, Gazipur, Dhaka, Lalmonirhat, and Tangail districts on Tuesday.
Three people drowned in floodwaters in Kishoreganj district alone while one each in the rest four districts, according to the DGHS.
In Rajshahi, the flood situation has improved. However, a block was dislocated from under the Shaharraksha Dam in front of the police line, resulting in part of the dam to collapse.
Asif Ahmed, sub-divisional engineer of the Water Development Board, said geo-bags are being dumped directly into the Padma river to strengthen the bottom of the dam.
In Munshiganj, the flood situation has improved as water levels continue to fall in both the Padma and the Dhaleshwari rivers.
On Tuesday morning, the water levels at Mawa point was 5.93 metres which was 17cm below the danger level and at Vaggokul point it was 6.18 metres which was 12cm below the danger level. On the other side, the water level of Dhaleshwari river at Rikabibazar point was 4.53 metres which was 65cm under the danger level.
So far, 200,000 people of 319 villages of the district have been marooned by flood.
In Jessore, crops of about 400 hectares of land in six unions in the southern part of Sharsha upazila have been submerged in the upper reaches of the Indian Ichamati river.
The beel areas of Kayaba, Goga, Bagamchara, Ulshi and Putkhali Union in the south have been submerged and the crops have been washed away.
Feroz Ahmed Tinku, chairman of the Sharjah Kayba Union, said the amount of damage has been reported to the ministry through the upazila officer. Loss grants will be given to the affected farmers.
In Tangail, the flood situation has improved further. However, the water of two rivers in the district is still flowing over the danger line.
The floods have so far affected more than 600,000 people in the district, inundating 18,000 hectares of cropland.
According to local sources, 18 people, including children, have drowned in the flood waters in different parts of the district so far.
In Gopalganj, 17,308 families from 313 villages of 5 upazilas have been trapped in the floods. So far, 3,360 people from 657 families have taken shelter in 103 shelters.
Gopalganj district Fisheries Officer Biswajit Bairagi said at least Tk16 crore worth of fish had been washed away from enclosures in the district, affecting some 5,000 fish farmers.
In Madaripur, flood waters of Shibchar, Rajoir, Madaripur Sadar and Kalkini upazilas have been decreasing consistently for the last four to five days.
At least 48 unions and one municipality of the district have been inundated by the flood waters.
Water levels of different rivers in the district have been decreasing by an average of 6cm to 8cm per day.
In Kurigram, although water has receded in most areas, the residents are in dire straits with their houses destroyed by mud and flood waters. They are also suffering from a shortage of food due to insufficient relief distribution.
The district is also undergoing a crisis in medical services. Although the health department has claimed to form 85 medical teams to combat the crisis, the public has complained that they are not receiving enough healthcare services.
In Narayanganj, the water of Buriganga and Dhaleshwari rivers saw a sharp rise and flooded different low-lying areas along the riverbanks in Fatulla, UNB reports.
Houses, roads and business establishments in Boktaboli, Kashipur and Enayetnagar Unions have been damaged by floodwater, causing untold sufferings to thousands of people.
Besides, the DND Dam area in Fatulla goes under water even after a moderate rain. People have to commute through knee-to-waist deep water, said locals.
According to the Upazila administration, around 350 dwellings have been inundated in Enayetnagar while 300 in Kashipur and 200 houses in Boktaboli unions.
Nahida Barik, Narayanganj Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer, said the water in the Buriganga and Dhaleshwari rivers started surging from Wednesday last.
“We’ve talked to the affected families. They’ve provided with food items,” she said, adding that a shelter centre has been opened at a primary school for the flood victims.
Meanwhile, a declining trend of water was recorded at all the four points of the Ganges River and at many other points of Padma River this morning, superintending engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) Mukhlesur Rahman said, reports BSS.
The Ganges River was flowing 173 cm, 188 cm, 113 cm, and 105 cm below the danger levels at Pankha, Rajshahi, Hardinge Bridge, and Talbaria points respectively, while the Padma River was flowing four cm above the danger mark with a four cm fall at Goalundo point, he added.
Water levels of the Korotoa River and the Jamuna River under the Brahmaputra basin flowing through Bogra and Sirajganj were reported a falling trend at all five points of the two rivers this morning.
Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, FFWC executive engineer, said a stable situation is expected within 10 to 12 days since there is no possibility of any new flooding during the current monsoon.
Of the total 101 river points monitored in the country, water levels went up at 27 stations, while decreased at 72 stations and remained stable at two points.