The flood situation in five districts—Kurigram, Jamalpur, Gaibandha, Bogura, and Sirajganj—is likely to deteriorate in the next 24 hours as major rivers passing through those districts keep rising alarmingly. Fourteen rivers were flowing above their respective danger levels at 26 points yesterday, according to sources in the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC). These rivers are: the Surma, Kushiara, Manu, Dhalai, Khowai, Someshwari, Kangsa, Dharla, Teesta, Ghagot, Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Sangu and the Matamuhuri.
Five children were drowned in flood waters in Kurigram, Sirajganj, adds UNB. In Kurigram, four children – Habibullah, 6, from Hatia union of Ulipur upazila, another from Phulbari upazila and two other children from Chilmari upazila drowned under flood water as water of all the rivers were swelling persistently, said Civil Surgeon Dr Aminul Islam. Identities of the rest of deceased were not available.
In Sirajganj, a minor child – Sumon, 10, drowned in Kazipur upazila on Sunday, said Ranjit Kumar Sarkar, Senior Officer of local Water Development Board.
The FFWC forecast says the flood situation in Netrokona, Sunamganj, and Sylhet districts may remain stable in the next 24 hours.
The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Ganges-Padma rivers may continue to rise in the next 72 hours. The Dhaleswari river at Elasinghat may cross the danger level in the next 24 hours.
According to the Bangladesh and Indian Met departments, medium to heavy rainfall, with very heavy rainfall at some places, is likely in the northern and north-easterns part of Bangladesh along with adjoining Assam and Meghalaya states of India in the next 24 hours.
There could be medium to heavy rainfall in Bihar of India and Nepal, adjacent to the north-western region of the country.
FFWC executive engineer Md Arifuzzaman Bhuyan said the heavy rain might continue for the next two or three days. “The rain will continue to affect the north and northeastern parts of the country. But we are not apprehending any major flood now.”
Our correspondents from Jamalpur and Noakhali say the flood situation in most of the districts got worse and the affected people have been suffering due to non-availability of adequate relief.
Our Jamalpur correspondent says the flood situation in the district has deteriorated further following continuous rising of the water level of the Jamuna, affecting at least two lakh people.
With the rising of the water level, Islampur, Madarganj, Dewanganj and Sarishabari upazilas have been badly inundated. Water Development Board sources said the Jamuna rose by 37 cm during the last 24 hours. It was flowing 122 cm over the red mark at the Bahadurabad ghat point till 12 noon yesterday.
Sources in the Department of Agriculture Extension said standing crops on 3,462 hectares of land have gone under floodwater. The crops include Aush paddy on 960 hectares, T-Aman seeds bed on 460 hectares, jute on 1090 hectares, vegetables on 1,025 hectares and chilli on 28 hectares.
Islampur upazila health and family planning officer Dr AKM Shahidul Rahman said 15 community clinics have been shut down and EPI activities have come to a halt due to the flood.
District primary education officer Md Shahidul Islam said 181 primary schools have been closed. Besides, 73 high schools and madrasas have been shut down as floodwater entered those educational institutions.
A total of 290 metric tonnes of rice, Tk. 3 lakh and 2000 packets of dry food are being distributed among the flood victims.
As many as 13 flood shelters have also been opened in the district, but no one has yet taken shelter in those, reports our correspondent in Jamalpur.
Our Noakhali correspondent reports that heavy rain and onrush of water flooded more than 20 villages of Chhagalnaiya upazila of Feni district yesterday, while 10 schools in Fulgazi, 12 schools in Parshuram and 18 schools in Chhagalnaiya upazilas have been shut down in the wake of the flood situation.
Earlier, the flood affected 15 villages of Fulgazi and Parshuram upazilas.
According to the local administration, two upazila embankments in Feni district collapsed at 12 points on Thursday and Friday due to heavy rain. Fulgazi upazila parishad chairman Abdul Alim said: “We become flood victims every year. We need permanent dams on both sides of the river to protect the areas.”
Feni DC Md Wahiduzzman said: “We’ll take initiatives to construct dams during the next lean season.”