New areas are being flooded

প্রকাশিত: ১১:৪৮ অপরাহ্ণ, জুলাই ২৬, ২০২০

New areas are being flooded

Amdadul Haque: The overall flood situation in the country has deteriorated as the water levels of various rivers including Padma, Jamuna and Bangali have continued to rise and different areas are being flooded in a new way.


As a result, the people of these areas are in dire straits. There is a crisis of food, water and cattle. Crop, fish and fish ponds have been washed away. The flooded people have been suffering a great loss.


In the 3rd phase, new rural areas are being flooded due to increase in water. Although the flood waters have started receding in some parts, but the crisis of food, drinking water and cattle feed is intensifying.


Many unpaved roads are submerged. Due to the persistence of water for a long time, people’s houses are being severely damaged.


In the second phase of the flood, the water level decreased a little in a week, but in the meantime, the third phase of the flood started. The water of the rivers starts flowing over the danger zone. For months now, people have been suffering from the effects of intermittent floods, risking clean water, food and shelter.


On the other hand, cow hoof disease has occurred due to shortage of cow feed and water. Due to the flood waters, all the high and low spice vegetable gardens and hundreds acres of paddy have been submerged.


Meanwhile, the district administrations are distributing relief materials among the flood victims every day. However, the victims complained that the amount of relief goods being distributed is far less than required.


Moreover, the water level of Padma and Jamuna has started rising again from Saturday at Aricha Point in Manikganj. Numerous houses and thousands of people have been inundated due to the continuous rise in the water level and extreme misery is increasing with that.


Apart from this, normal life of people is being disrupted due to rain in some areas. However, the crisis of clean water, food, fuel and cattle feed has occurred the most.


Although the administration has distributed dry food among the people in the flood-hit areas, the people in remote char areas are not getting relief aid, the victims complained.


All the roads in the lowlands, including most of the unpaved roads, have been submerged in the flood waters and several roads have been damaged by the strong current.


Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, Executive Engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), said the water level in the Jamuna River increased by six cm at Sariakandi point in Bogura district flowing 117 cm above the danger mark while the river is flowing 94 cm and 83 cm above the danger level with 6 cm and 5 cm further rise at Kazipur and Sirajgonj points respectively this morning.