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Floodwater starts receding

Sun Online Desk     20th August, 2017 09:27:17 printer

Floodwater starts receding

The floodwater started receding in the country’s northern and central districts on Saturday but the marooned people in different areas were passing days in  misery.


The flood-hit people have been suffering from acute crisis  of food, pure drinking water and fuel oil, as the government relief is too meagre to meet their daily requirements.


Meantime, waterborne diseases have spread in many flood-affected areas in the northern and central districts and locals apprehended an outbreak of diarrhoea in the areas.


More than 50, 18,706 people of 27 districts have been affected by flooding while 14,737 houses have been  damaged totally and 2, 47,826 houses have been  damaged partially, according to the Department of Disaster Management.


The deluge left at least 77 people dead and 14 missing in the last one week.


The flood victims have taken shelter in makeshift houses, on boats, high lands, embankments and roads. Most of them are hardly getting any food and pure drinking water.


People in most of the flood-affected areas remain stranded while some have been evacuated.


A good number of educational institutions have been declared closed in different areas of the flood-hit districts.




The Ganges, Padma and Kushiyara rivers are in rising trend and may continue rising in the next 48 hours while the Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Surma are in falling trend, said the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre.


The Brahmaputra and Jamuna may continue falling in the next 72 hours and the Padma may become steady in the next 24 hours, it said.


In Natore, the flood situation in Singra upazila deteriorated yesterday, as the Atrai river was flowing 70cm above the danger mark.


Many flood affected people left their houses for safe shelter.


At least seven hectares of Aman paddy have already been damaged by the floodwater.


Paddy on 800 bighas of land in Temuk Nowdapara Beel went under water last evening as gushing water was entering through a damaged dam in Sidhakhali river.


State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Junaid Ahmed Palak visited the affected area.