Rivers in central part swelling

August 24, 2014

2 children drown, no respite flood victims from sufferings
Major rivers continued to swell in their downstream on Saturday posing a threat of inundation of new areas in the central part of the country though floods in northern districts remained unchanged with thousands of flood victims still marooned and out of relief.
Thousands of people in several districts on Brahmaputra and Surma basins —Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Sirajganj, Jamalpur and Sunamganj in particular — remained marooned over the last nearly two weeks with acute crisis of relief materials, thanks to the rise of water level of Brahmaputra, Surma and upper Meghna rivers onrush of water from upper stream India accompanied with heavy rainfall.
The plight of the marooned people was worsening as scanty relief supplies could not satisfy their need. Many of them did not get any relief supplies until Saturday.
According to the flood forecasting and warning centre, the water level in Brahmaputra and upper Meghna remained almost static in the last two days and these rivers were likely to fall in next 72 hours from 6:00am of Saturday while Jamuna might start to fall this morning.
The forecasting centre warned that the Ganges-Padma was likely to rise in next 72 hours from Saturday morning and thus the rivers around Dhaka city might rise in next 72 hours, but would remain under danger level till this morning.
The centre issued warning of increasing water level of Turag at Mirpur, Balu at Demra, Lakhya at Narayanganj, Surma-Meghna at Narsingdi, lower Meghna at Chandpur while Padma at Bhagyakul and Sureshwar, Ganges at Goalanda and Jamuna at Aricha were flowing above danger mark.
According to the centre, on Saturday morning Teesta was flowing 12cm above danger level at Dalia recording an increase of 10cm, though the river witnessed a fall of 28cm on Friday. Ghagot was flowing 15cm above danger mark at Gaibandha with a fall of 10cm, Brahmaputra 1cm above danger mark at Chilmari with a fall of 7cm, Jamuna 31cm above danger mark at Bahadurabad with a fall of 5cm, Jamuna 66cm above danger mark at Sariakandi recording a fall of 1cm, Jamuna 17cm above danger mark at Sirajganj with a rise of 2cm, Jamuna 10cm above danger mark at Aricha with a rise of 8cm, Atrai 89cm above danger mark at Baghabari with an increase of 7cm, Dhaleswari 62cm above danger mark at Elasin with 7cm increase, Lakhya 41cm above danger mark at Lakhpur with a rise of 8cm, Padma 15cm above danger mark at Goalunda with an increase of 4cm, Padma at Bhagyakul at the danger level with an increase of 6cm, Padma 5cm above danger mark at Sureswar with an increase of 5cm, Surma 15cm above danger level at Sunamganj with a rise of 5cm though the river witnessed a fall of 13cm on Friday, Kangsha 11cm above danger mark at Jariajanjail with a fall of 10cm and Old Surma at Derai was flowing 15cm above danger level with a rise of 15cm of water level.
New Age correspondents from flood-hit districts reported that the flood situations remained unchanged in few districts while it started improving in other districts but there was no respite from the plight of flood victims there due to shortage of relief goods.
Lalmonirhat correspondent said the overall flood situation in 40 villages in the district remained unchanged on Saturday.
The local administration said that at least 80,000 people got marooned for nearly two weeks while the Agriculture Extension Department officials said that the flood submerged aman paddy on 4,500 bighas of land while seedbed on 320 bighas, vegetables on 250 bighas of land and at least 10,000 farmers had been affected by flood.
District relief and rehabilitation officer Nadim Sarowar said that after getting a special allocation of 100 tonnes of rice and Tk 10 lakh in cash, his office would distribute these among the affected people. The ministry concerned would give especial allotment for the flood victims soon, he hoped.
A 3-year child drowned in the flood water at the courtyard of a house at Saniazan village of Hatibandha upazila in the district.
Kurigram correspondent reported that overall flood situation remained unchanged in the district where more than 1.50 lakh people got marooned with river erosion going on at places rendering a good number of river side people homeless.
Bogra correspondent reported that river erosion took a serious turn at places of Sariakandi upazila with the water level of Jamuna starting to fall.
A 4-year baby drowned in the flood water in the upazila.
Sirajganj correspondent reported that though the water level of Jamuna hardly increased, water in the smaller rivers like Karatoa, Hurasagar, Gumani and Baral increased inundating new areas in the district.
Plight of thousands of people in the districts reached its peak as many schools, colleges, madrassahs and homesteads remained submerged for over a week with shortage of pure drinking waters and relief goods.
Jamalpur correspondent said flood situation in the district improved with no respite to the sufferings of the flood affected people.
‘There is an acute scarcity of relief in my union and 2,000 of the 4,000 flood-hit families have only got 10-kg rice each,’ said Noarpara union chairman Mashiur Rahman Badal.
Chinaduly union chairman of Abdus Salam alleged that they were in great difficulties in distributing relief goods as 200 of the 4,000 affected families got relief.
Munshiganj and Manikganj correspondents reported that strong currents in Padma were affecting the ferry operation on Paturia-Daulatdia and Mawa-Kawrakandi routes, leading to tailbacks on both sides of the river.

-Input from New Age

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