Flood situation in Ganges basin starts improving

The overall flood situation in the Ganges basin has started improving since Sunday morning as water level in many of its rivers and tributaries recorded a falling trend in last 24-hour ending Sunday morning after remaining a stable situation in the previous couple of days, reports BSS.

Of the 30 river points, monitored in the Ganges basin Sunday, water levels receded at 23 points, while increased at seven points, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

However, the rivers were still flowing below the danger level at 27 points, while above the danger level at three other points Sunday like the previous day.

Local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) recorded a falling trend at all the eight points except one of the Ganges and the Padma Rivers Sunday, Mukhlesur Rahman, Superintending Engineer of BWDB, told BSS.

Water level in the Ganges River further receded by 20 centimeter (cm), 13 cm, seven cm and eight cm at Pankha in Chapainawabganj, at Rajshahi and at Hardinge Bridge and at Talbaria points afresh respectively.

Water level in the Korotoa River increased by four five cm afresh at Bogura point, while receded by nine cm at Chak Rahimpur point afresh. The Korotoa River was still flowing 104 cm above the danger level at Chak Rahimpur point Sunday morning.

FFWC Executive Engineer Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan said a falling trend has been recorded at all the six points of the Jamuna River for the last couple of days.

The Jamuna River receded by 21 cm, 14 cm and 13 cm at Sariakandi in Bogura, at Kazipur in Sirajganj and at Sirajganj points respectively. The river was still flowing 13 cm and seven cm above the danger level at Sariakandi and at Kazipur points respectively Sunday morning.

The Gur River receded by nine cm in its Shingra point in Natore afresh but still flowing 29 cm above the danger mark. The Atrai River went up by two cm at Baghabari in Sirajganj flowing 15 cm above the danger level.

The Mahananda River receded by one cm and five cm at Rohanpur and at Chapainawabganj points respectively afresh.

The Little Jamuna River declined by 21 cm at Naogaon point flowing 22 cm below the danger level.

However, the Atrai River receded by 57 cm at Mohadevpur in Naogaon afresh and by 24 cm at Atrai point Sunday morning.

The Atrai River was still flowing eight cm above the danger level at Atrai point.

Of the 16 river points both in Ganges and Brahmaputra Basins, being monitored in many districts under Rajshahi division regularly, water levels increased at two points, while declined at 14 other points.

The rivers were flowing below the danger level in 10 points, while above the danger mark at another six points this morning like the previous day.

Meanwhile, the local administration has been continuously distributing relief materials in the worst-affected areas since the flood began.

More than 9.25 lakh people of around 2.23 lakh flood-affected families in different districts of the division have, so far, received relief materials to overcome their livelihood related hardships caused by the natural disaster.

The government, as part of its instant humanitarian assistance to cope with the catastrophic situation, has allocated 1,841.1 tonnes of rice, Taka 45.35 lakh in cash, 22,803 packets of dry-food, Taka 27 lakh for baby food and Taka 36 lakh for animal feed.

Moinul Islam, additional commissioner of Rajshahi division, said distribution of the allocated relief materials among the affected families in the division is on final stage.

Apart from this, 2,098.6 tonnes of rice, Taka 29.71 lakh, 2,177 packets of dry food, Taka two lakh for baby food and Taka five lakh for animal feed remain in stock for distribution, he said.

Simultaneously, the Department of Health has undertaken all possible measures to prevent any outbreak of water-borne diseases among the flood affected people amidst the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Some 6,282 patients were reported to have suffered from various water-related diseases and 25 people died in flood related incidents, particularly drowning and snakebite since July 1, sources said.