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12:00 AM, August 05, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:33 AM, August 05, 2020

Water reduces, sufferings not

Although the floodwater started receding hundreds of people remained waterlogged in northern and north-eastern region of the country.

Many of these flood victims passed their Eid-ul-Azha in flood centres amid crisis of sufficient food and drinking water.

The overall flood situation in Gaibandha and Bogura districts has improved in the last couple of days as water of almost all the major rivers have been decreasing since last week.

Mokhlesur Rahman, executive engineer of Water Development Board (WDB), said there was no chance of increase in water level in the next two weeks in the region.

In Bogura, water of the Jamuna river was flowing 50 cm above of the danger level at the Mathurapara point and the Bangali was flowing 9.7 cm above of the danger level at the Sariakandi point yesterday morning.

One week ago, the Jamuna was flowing 94 cm above of the danger level and the Bangali was flowing 21.7 cm above of the danger level at the same point.

In north-eastern region, although all major rivers of Sunamganj and Sylhet flowing below the danger level, the haor water is still above the danger level and in many areas. Water is receding very slowly.

People of low lying areas in all upazilas of Sunamganj and Sylhet's Gowainghat and Companiganj upazilas are still struggling with floodwater.

According to the district administration, 881 families of Sunamgnaj are still at 34 flood shelter centres still open in the district and thousands of people had to spend their Eid at the shelter centres.

Abdul Reza of Sreepur Dakshin village in Tahirpur upazila, said, "We are workless for months, completely dependent on money lent from others. We left home few days ago as our house was submerged. We had to pass the Eid day in flood shelter."

Jinnat Ali of Chandrapur village in Dakshin Sunamganj said, "Flood ravaged my house. We are now living in fear that the house might collapse. And I don't know how to get money to repair it".

Abul Kashem Azad, chairman of Aatgaon union in Shalla upazila, said, "Many people already lost their houses and many houses at the verge of collapsing. They need immediate cash and corrugated tin support from the administration".

Meanwhile, there is no further forecast of flood in Sunamganj, says Sabibur Rahman, executive engineer of WDB in Sunamganj.

He said, "We consider 6.5 metre as danger level of haor waters and all haors are above the danger level. As the water receding slowly, many areas are still flooded and will be flooded for days more".

Abdul Ahad, deputy commissioner of Sunamganj, said, "As the water is receding, we are now focusing on rehabilitation and on the long-term planning to face flash floods. We've already given some proposals to the ministries concerned and hopeful to see positive feedback soon".

Our correspondents from Bogura and Sylhet contributed to this report.


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