Water level in Ganges basin remains steady

RAJSHAHI, Sept 24, 2020 (BSS) – Water level in many of the rivers and tributaries in the Ganges basin recorded a rising and falling trend in the past twenty-four hours ending this morning like the previous couple of days.

Of the 30 river points, monitored in the Ganges basin today, water levels receded at 14 points, while increased at 15 points and remained stable at another point, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

However, the rivers were still flowing below the danger level at 29 points while above the danger level at one point today.

Local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) recorded a falling trend at all the eight points in the Ganges and the Padma Rivers except one, Mukhlesur Rahman, Superintending Engineer of BWDB, told BSS.

Water level in the Korotoa further went up by 20 centimeter (cm) at Bogura, while receded by 14 cm at Chak Rahimpur points afresh.

FFWC Executive Engineer Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan said a falling trend has been recorded at four points, while a rising trend at two other points of the Jamuna River this morning.

The Mahananda River also increased by eight cm and one cm at Rohanpur and at Chapainawabganj points respectively.

Of the 16 river points both in Ganges and Brahmaputra Basins, being monitored in many districts under Rajshahi division regularly, water levels increased at six points, receded at 10 points.

The rivers were flowing below the danger level in all the 16 points except one this morning.

Meanwhile, the local administration has been continuously distributing relief materials in the worst-affected areas since the flood began.

Around 2.18 lakh families consisting of around 9.81 lakh people are badly affected by the flood have, so far, received relief materials to overcome their livelihood related hardships caused by the natural disaster in different districts of Rajshahi division.

The government, as part of its instant humanitarian assistance to cope with the catastrophic situation, has, so far, allocated 1,521.14 tons of rice, TK 39.02 lakh in cash, 16,980 packets of dry-food, TK 21 lakh for baby food and TK 40 lakh for animal feed.

Moinul Islam, Additional Commissioner of Rajshahi division, said distribution of the allocated relief materials among the affected families in the division is in the final stage.

Apart from this, 2,238.5 tonnes of rice, TK 35.87 lakh, 3,620 packets of dry food, TK three lakh for baby food and TK five lakh for animal feed kept stock for distribution.

Simultaneously, the Department of Health has undertaken all possible measures to prevent any outbreak of water-borne diseases among the flood affected people amidst the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Some 5,684 patients were reported to have suffered from various water-related diseases and 25 people died with flood related incidents, particularly drowning and snakebite since July 1, the sources added.

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