Flood situation in Ganges basin remains steady

RAJSHAHI, Oct 2, 2020 (BSS) – The overall flood situation in the Ganges
basin remained steady as water level in its rivers and tributaries are
fluctuating in last 24-hour ending this morning after continuous rising for
few days due to onrush of floodwater from upstream.

Meanwhile, around two lakh people of Atrai and Raninagar upazilas of
Naogaon and Bagmara upazila of Rajshahi districts have become waterlogged and
marooned afresh amid rising of water level in the Little Jamuna and the Atrai
rivers, officials said.

Standing crops on vast areas were also inundated due to flood.

Of the 30 river points, monitored in the Ganges basin today, water levels
increased at 15 points, while receded at 13 points and remained stable at two
other points, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

However, the rivers were still flowing below the danger level at 26 points,
while above the danger level at four other points today.

Local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) recorded a rising
trend at all the eight points in the Ganges and the Padma Rivers except two
today for the sixth consecutive day, Mukhlesur Rahman, Superintending
Engineer of BWDB, told BSS.

Water level in the Ganges River further went up by three centimeter (cm) at
Hardinge Bridge and one cm at Talbaria points, while receded by four cm at
Pankha in Chapainawabganj and remained steady at Rajshahi points.

Water level in the Korotoa further increased by 10 cm at Chak Rahimpur
point and declined by one cm at Bogura point afresh. The Korotoa River was
flowing 116 cm above the danger level this morning. FFWC Executive Engineer
Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan said a rising trend has been recorded at all the six
points of the Jamuna River for the last couple of days.

The Jamuna River went up by nine cm at Sariakandi in Bogura, 10 cm at
Kazipur in Sirajganj and 14 cm at Sirajganj point. The river was still
flowing 33 cm, 17 cm and eight cm above the danger level at all the three
points respectively this morning.

The Gur River receded by 61 cm in its Shingra point in Natore afresh but
still flowing 49 cm above the danger mark. The Atrai River went up by 10 cm
at Baghabari in Sirajganj flowing four cm above the danger level.

The Mahananda River also increased by 17 cm and seven cm at Rohanpur and at
Chapainawabganj points respectively.

The Little Jamuna river declined by four cm at Naogaon point but is still
flowing 14 cm above the danger level.

However, the Atrai River declined by 117 cm at Mohadevpur in Naogaon
afresh and by 13 cm at Atrai point this morning.

Both the Little Jamuna and the Atrai Rivers were still flowing above the
danger level at Naogaon and Atrai points.

Of the 16 river points both in Ganges and Brahmaputra Basins, being
monitored in many districts under Rajshahi division regularly, water levels
increased at nine points, while declined at six points and remained stable at
another point.

The rivers were flowing below the danger level in eight points, while
above the danger mark at another eight points this morning.

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

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 5,930 patients were reported to have suffered from various water-
related diseases and 25 people died in flood related incidents, particularly
drowning and snakebite since July 1, sources said.

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