District and upazila administrations distributing relief materials in the worst-affected areas continuously
Water level in many of the rivers in the Ganges basin either recorded fall or remained steady till Tuesday morning due to the declining of onrushing floodwater from upstream hilly catchment areas in the past 24 hours after rising for the last couple of days.
Of the 30 river points monitored in the Ganges basin on Tuesday, water levels receded at 21 points, while went up at six points, and remained stable at three points, according to data of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).
However, the rivers were flowing below the danger level at 28 points, while above the danger levels at two points.
“We recorded falling and steady trends in many rivers, including Mahananda, Ganges, Padma, and some of the downstream rivers and tributaries of the Ganges basin today,” Mukhlesur Rahman, superintending engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), told BSS this morning.
He said water level of the Ganges River remained steady at Pankha in Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi and Hardinge Bridge points, while receded by two centimetres (cm) at Talbaria points afresh at 9am on Tuesday.
However, Mukhlesur said the Ganges River was still flowing 165 cm, 183 cm, 110 cm, and 77 cm below the danger levels at Pankha, Rajshahi, Hardinge Bridge, and Talbaria points respectively.
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Water level of the Padma River declined by six cm further at Goalundo point, and the river was flowing 18 cm above the danger level at the point this morning, he added.
Korotoa River’s water level went up by two cm at Chak Rahimpur point again, while remained stable at Bogra point, and the river was flowing 273 cm and 356 cm below the danger mark at the two points respectively this morning.
Besides, a falling trend of water levels was recorded at the three points of the Jamuna River today. The water level receded by 15 cm at Sariakandi point in Bogra, 12 cm at Kazipur point in Sirajganj, and 11 cm at Sirajgonj point.
FFWC Executive Engineer Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan said the Jamuna River was flowing 16 cm, 19 cm, and 23 cm below the danger level at Sariakandi, Kazipur, and Sirajganj points respectively.
He said the Gur River was flowing 30 cm below the danger level at Singra point in Natore with nine cm falling further, while the Atrai River was flowing one cm above the danger mark at Baghabari point in Sirajganj with four cm falling further this morning.
Water level in the Atrai River went up by 27 cm at Mohadevpur point in Naogaon further and the river was still flowing 436 cm below the danger level this morning.
Of the 16 river points both in Ganges and Brahmaputra basins, being monitored in many districts under Rajshahi division regularly, water levels declined at 10 points while increased at two points and remained steady at four points.
However, the rivers were flowing below the danger level at 15 points, while above the danger mark at one point during Tuesday morning.
Help for the worst-affected
Meanwhile, the district and upazila administrations, with the local public representatives, have been distributing relief materials in the worst-affected areas continuously since the flood situation began.
Around 216,000 worst-affected families consisting 901,000 people have, so far, been brought under the relief distribution program to overcome their livelihood related hardships caused by the flood in different districts under Rajshahi division.
As part of its instant humanitarian assistance to cope with the disastrous situation, the government has disbursed 1,512 tons of rice, Tk64.40 lakh in cash, 16,124 packets of dry-food, Tk21 lakh for baby food, and Tk40 lakh for animal feed among the affected families in the division.
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Moinul Islam, additional commissioner of Rajshahi division, said there are more relief materials like 2,051.75 tons of rice, Tk75.61 lakh, 4,076 packets of dry food, Tk3 lakh for baby food, and Tk5 lakh for animal feed remaining in stock for distribution among the affected people.
Simultaneously, the health department has undertaken all possible measures to prevent any outbreak of water-borne diseases among the affected people amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Some 3,877 patients were recorded to be suffering from various water-related diseases, and 18 deaths occurred mainly caused by drowning and snakebite since July 1, the sources added.