Flood situation in the country’s eastern region remains static but acute crisis of pure drinking water intensified the miseries of the flood-affected people.
But the situation may turn worse in the country’s northern region as the rivers in the area are flowing close to the danger level. The meteorological department forecasted light to moderate rainfall across the country for the next few days.Light to moderate rain and thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind and lightning flashes is likely to occur at most places over Mymensingh, Dhaka, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions and at many places over Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna and Barisal divisions with moderately heavy to heavy falls at places over the country, the Met office says.
The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Ganges-Padma rivers are in rising trend and it may continue rising in next 48 hours, said Arifuzzaman Bhuyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center, on Wednesday.
Except the Surma River, the major rivers of the North-Eastern region may continue falling in next 24 hours, he said.
The existing flood situation in Moulvibazar district may continue improving, while the situation in Sylhet district may remain steady in next 24 hours, he added.
Hundreds of people are marooned in floodwater in Moulvibazar, and acute crisis of drinking water aggravated the situation further. Water purifying tablets are yet to reach the area.
More than 3 lakh people of 35 unions of the districts are facing miseries due to the flood. Lack of safe water and adequate sanitation is also affecting the lives of the flood-hit people.Many displaced people have started returning home in the wake of improvement in flood situation but they have to live in open sky as their dwellings have been washed away by floodwater. The flood victims are seeking assistance from the government or other organisations to erect their houses.
The water flow in the river Surma at Kanaighat and Sylhet points, Kushiyara at Amalshid, Sheola and Sherpur-Sylhet points, Sarigowain at Sarighat points and Old Surma at Derai points were flowing above danger levels by 105cm, 27cm, 99cm, 76cm, 31cm, 42cm and 34cm respectively on Wednesday.