Floods wreak havoc on country


Heavy downpours coupled with onrush of upstream water since Sunday are wreaking havoc on marooned people, and aggravating the flood situation in the country’s north, northeast, northwest and mid-districts with no signs of improvement. 

According to the weather forecast, there may be continuous rain in the next few days. This will increase the sufferings.

The water of Padma is increasing in Faridpur. More than 60 houses of Aliabad Union near the city were submerged in a few minutes after the flood control dam broke with a loud bang on Sunday morning. Traffic is being disrupted due to flood waters inundating various roads in the district.

The flood situation in Kurigram, Jamalpur and Sirajganj has remained unchanged. Water pressure is rising in the central region. The affected people fear that the floods will prolong. Dharla’s water has risen again in Kurigram. The waters of the Brahmaputra are still above danger. Victims are suffering indescribably for three weeks in a row.

The overall flood situation in Jamalpur has not improved as the water level of Jamuna and Brahmaputra has increased. Floods submerged new areas. Thousands of people are trapped in the third phase of floods. The water of Jamuna is flowing at a high speed in Sirajganj. Three and a quarter lakh helpless people are suffering.

The flood situation has deteriorated in Rajbari, Madaripur, Bogra, Kurigram and Sherpur. There has been some improvement in Sirajganj and Manikganj. Besides, water is rising again in Sylhet due to heavy rains.

In Manikganj, 25,000 people in the shoal areas have become waterlogged due to rising water of Padma and Jamuna. There is a crisis of clean water, food and cattle feed in these areas. Roads are broken in different areas, and croplands, submerged.

Meanwhile, many embankments and roads have been smashed in several districts due to the flood, causing immense sufferings to people.

At least 141km roads under the Roads and Highways Department (RHD) in 11 districts have been damaged in northern and north-western regions until Sunday, according to RHD's flood information centre.

The water of Dharla river is rising again in Kurigram due to heavy rains. About 3 lakh flood-affected people in the shoals (chars) and low-lying areas of the district are not getting the necessary food aid.

The erosion of the Teesta has become more intense. The Water Development Board is trying to prevent erosion by using sandbags.

Meanwhile, Saturday's report of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC) of Bangladesh Water Development Board shows that water of most of the major rivers was receding and it may continue for 24 to 48 hours.

A special report of FFWC published on July 14 says the water of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and other rivers will rise to the highest level on July 25 and 26 and then start receding, it says.

Moreover, the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) has given new bad news about the flood situation. BWDB fears the flood situation could worsen before Eid-ul-azha.

Paubo said heavy rains are expected in Assam, West Bengal and northeastern India for four days from Monday or Tuesday. As a result, there are fears of further deterioration of floods in the north, northeast and central parts of the country.

Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer at FFWC told Bangladesh Post that rains in the next few days could increase water pressure in the country's rivers. The overall flood situation may return to normal in late July or the first week of August.