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Flood situation static

Major rivers flowing above danger level

Staff Correspondent     17 July, 2017 12:00 AM printer

Flood situation across the country remained unchanged while eight major rivers were flowing above danger levels at 13 points on Sunday.

The river waters have started declining in the upstream area but floodwaters are yet to start receding from areas marooned due to breaches in embankments, sources said.

The flood victims are passing days in extreme misery amid an acute crisis of food and outbreaks of waterborne diseases.

“The flood victims in the country’s northern region are desperately looking for relief goods when they see boats or vehicles in their areas,” witnesses said, adding that hundreds of displaced people are now leaving under open sky.

According to local sources, erosion caused by river waters has been a serious threat to the flood victims in northern and central regions of the country. A large number of houses, structures, trees and crop fields were washed away by floodwaters and strong current of rivers in different areas yesterday.

The water levels of major rivers have declined at 46 points, but increased in 37 points across the country, said the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) on Sunday.

The river Brahmaputra was flowing above danger level at Chilmari points, Jamuna at Bahadurabad, Sariakandi, Kazipur and Serajganj points, Atrai at Baghabari points, Dhaleswari  at Elasin point, Padma at  Goalundo point, Surma at Kanaighat point, Kushiyara at Amalshid, Sheola and Sherpur-Sylhet points and Kangsha at Jariajanjail point on Sunday, forecasted FFWC.

The Brahmaputra and Jamuna were in falling trend and it may continue in the next 72 hours while the Ganges, Padma, Surma and Kushiyara were in rising trend, it said.

The Ganges may continue to rise in the next 48 hours and the Padma may remain steady in next 24 hours.

The government has geared up relief distribution among the flood victims in the affected areas.

BSS adds: Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya on Sunday said the government will construct shelter centres for flood affected people in each union of 17 flood-prone districts very soon.

“The government will always stay beside the flood affected people.

None will suffer for want of food,” he said this while addressing a meeting at the deputy commissioner’s office in the capital yesterday.

Deputy Speaker Advocate Fazle Rabbi Miah, Secretary of the Disaster Management and Relief Ministry M Shah Kamal, Deputy Commissioner Goutam Chandra Pal and president of the district Awami League Advocate Shamsul Alam Hiru, among others, were present.

Maya said food and cash will be allocated as per the demand of the district administration and the relief distribution programme will continue until flood situation gets normal.

The minister also asked the district administration and public representatives to do their best and ensure that no one suffers for want of food.

“The government is monitoring the flood situation carefully. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also enquiring about the situation regularly and giving directions to the ministry,” Maya said.

Maya also asked the medical teams to visit the shelter centres in the flood affected areas regularly and ensure safe drinking water for them.

The government has allocated 6,100 tonnes of rice, Tk  1.55 crore and 39,000 packets dry foods for distribution among the flood victims in the affected districts, he said.

The government also distributed rice among 3.80 lakh flood-hit families under the Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme in Sylhet region, Maya added.

Later, the minister distributed relief goods among the flood victims in different areas of Phulchhari upazila of the district.