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Flood situation improves in Bangladesh

Author/Source : New Age

New Age

Bangladesh, Monday, September 17, 2007

 

A couple moves to a safe place wading through a road submerged by flood water as a rickshaw and an autorickshaw pass by at Harirampur in Manikganj on Sunday. — Focusbangla photo
Flood situation started improving on Sunday as major rivers receded although they kept flowing above danger mark, said bulletin of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre.

The flood warning centre said flooding in the nine central districts — Rajbari, Faridpur, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Madaripur, Shariatpur, Gopalganj, Chandpur, and in Dhaka’s Nawabganj and Dohar that have freshly flooded — will start improving from today.

The New Age correspondent in Manikganj said around one lakh people marooned at Ghior, Daulatpur, Harirampur and Saturia were facing an acute shortage of food and drinking water. Hundreds of flood victims in the district have contracted waterborne diseases.

The correspondent in Gopalganj said 17 unions of Muksudpur and some of Kashiyani and Kotalipara were inundated on Sunday.

The River Padma marked a fall on Sunday, flowing 106cm above danger mark at the Goalanda point. It may keep falling today, the flood warning centre bulletin said.

The Meghna recorded a slight rise at the Bhairab Bazar point and flowed 28cm above danger mark on Sunday.

The Jamuna observed a fall, but flowed 77cm above danger mark at the Sirajganj point on the day. Low areas in Dhaka’s east have been inundated by the second spell of flooding on Sunday, but the capital is still not threatened as water level in the catchments of most rivers started falling, the bulletin said.

All the rivers surrounding the capital marked a rise and flowed below danger mark on Sunday. Some of them may cross danger mark today, the centre said.

The correspondent in Moulvibazar said Juria, Kulaura and Baralekha experienced flash flood on Saturday and the River Kushiyara and Hakaluki Haor kept swelling on Sunday because of onrush of water from the hill areas across the border.

Five drowned in flood water in the district in a week, villagers said. Schools, colleges and madrassahs in flooded areas remained closed.