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Flood situation improves in Rangpur, Gaibandha and Jamalpur

  • Published at 01:28 pm September 6th, 2021
Rangpur Flood
File photo of Villagers row a makeshift raft through flood waters in Rangpur on Saturday, August 28, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Water levels of all major rivers fall sharply

Floodwater continued to recede from the inundated low-lying areas of Rangpur, Gaibandha and Jamalpur, further improving the flood situation in these districts until Monday morning.

Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) officials said water levels of all major rivers marked sharp falls at all points following the continuous decrease in the onrush of water from the upstream.

Water levels of major rivers were flowing above the danger level at only four points in the Brahmaputra basin on Monday, reports BSS.

Incidents of sporadic riverbank erosion were reported from more areas alongside major rivers in Kurigram and Gaibandha districts.

Besides, the flood situation in chars and riverbank areas of Gaibandha’s Sundarganj, Sadar, Fulchari and Saghata upazilas improved further as the water level of the Brahmaputra River decreased sharply in the last 24 hours.

File photo of The flood situation in the Brahmaputra basin has seen rapid improvement since the last 24 hours ending at 9am on Sunday, September 5, 2021 BSSBWDB sources said the water level of the Brahmaputra River decreased by 21cm during the period and the river was flowing 21cm above its danger mark at Fulcharighat point in the district.

District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer AKM Idris Ali said the government has so far sanctioned 100 tons of rice, 1,500 packets of dried food and Tk2 lakh as relief for the flood-affected people of the upazilas.

BWDB officials said during the last 24 hours, the water level in the Jamuna River in Jamalpur dropped by 36cm and was flowing 5cm below the danger level at Bahadurabad ghat point.

Jamalpur District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Md Nayeb Ali said about 100,000 people of 169 villages in six upazilas of the district were affected by the flood.

According to the Department of Agricultural Extension, floodwater has submerged standing crops on 19,487 hectares of land in the area.

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