Flood likely to worsen in Dhaka

97,104 marooned in 24hrs across Bangladesh

Emran Hossain | Published: 23:44, Jul 26,2020


A family moves in a safe place as the River Padma devours areas on its banks at Dhekuria of Kazipur in Sirajganj on Sunday. — Focus Bangla photo

The official estimate showed 97,104 more people got freshly marooned in the last 24 hours until Sunday afternoon as flooding mostly worsened with Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre announcing that the situation might remain more or less the same throughout the month.

According to the latest special 10-day flood forecast, flooding would get worse in Dhaka over the next seven days and the situation in Kurigram, Bogura, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Sirajganj, Tangail and Manikganj districts would not improve until early next month.

The disaster management department’s daily flood report said that 43,78,732 people have been affected in 31 districts since the flood began on June 27 while 35 got killed.

The health emergency control room, however, said that 119 people died because of flood-related causes since June 30.

‘Eastern part of Dhaka city such as Demra, Khilgaon, Shabujbagh, Mugda, Badda and Satarkul might see water engulfing parts of them over the next seven days,’ FFWC executive engineer Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan told New Age.

Dhaka district relief and rehabilitation officer Mohammad Hossain said that they have been warned about a rapid deterioration in flood situation from today.

Over 98,000 people have been affected by flood until in 128 villages on Sunday and over 200 sought refuge at shelter homes, he said.

‘Water has been increasing over the last three days. We could see the situation gradually worsening,’ said Khairuzzaman, councillor of ward No 71, Dhaka South City Corporation.

He said that over 1,000 families were already stranded in Dakkhin Manda, Mugda as the River Balu is flowing above its danger mark.

DSCC ward No 70 councillor Mohammad Atikur Rahman said that flood started wreaking havoc in his area washing away roads and inundating many market places in Demra.

‘Over 700 families and many businessmen got affected by floods,’ said Atik.

The FFWC special flood forecast Turag River in Mirpur, Dhaleshwari at Rekabi Bazar and Balu might continue swelling causing floods in parts of Dhaka over the next seven days.

The River Padma at Rajbari, Munshiganj and Shariatpur may keep swelling through Monday.

A daily FFWC flood report said that 18 rivers flowed above their danger levels at 28 points until Sunday morning.

It said that the Jamuna and Padma rivers might keep swelling until Monday morning.

New Age correspondent in Lalmonirhat reported that situation remained unchanged in the flood affected eight northern districts in Rangpur division.

Lack of food, clean water and sanitation created a humanitarian condition in the affected northern districts where over half a million stayed on embankments or at shelters with their houses either submerged in floodwater or washed away.

Water-borne diseases also spread fast in the flood shelters with a very limited number of medical teams providing healthcare services.

New Age correspondent in Munshiganj reported that flooding worsened in the district with the Padma swelling up by seven centimetres over the last 24 hours until Sunday afternoon.

Over 30,000 families got stranded in four upazilas with 366 families taking shelter at 54 shelter centres in Munshiganj.

The flood damaged fishes in 1,702 fish farms causing loss worth Tk 9 crore in Munshiganj.

The Jamuna continued to swell wreaking havoc in Sirajganj, reported New Age correspondent in the district.

The FFWC said that the Jamuna might reach its peak by Monday and then stay steady until July 31.

Several villages were at risk of being washed away as water started seeping through at least three embankments in Sirajganj.

Jamalpur emerged as the worst hit area with hosting nearly a million of flood victims alone, showed the official flood report.

The weather seemed growing dry inside Bangladesh with the Met Office saying that only a few places at Rangpur, Mymensingh and Sylhet might witness rains until Monday morning.

India Meteorological Department predicted widespread to fairly widespread rains at Arunachal Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim and Bihar until Thursday.

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