Floods take a see saw situation- steadying in Sunamganj but deteriorating in kurigram, Gaibandha and Jamalpur with rivers around Dhaka and Narayanganj in spate, threatening to rise in next 48 hours, Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) warned yesterday.Reports from the northern Kurigram where an estimated 350,000 people have remained trapped by swelling Brahmaputra and Dharala for the past ten days have been warned by the district administration to move away from the banks of these treacherous rivers that continued to rise flowing high above their danger levels and may go up further, reports from the most battered district said.
The people in the flood ravaged districts in the north are facing a difficult choice looking for shelter, job, fuel and food, both for themselves and their livestock facing an uncertain future losing seed beds for their main rice crop, the Aman and patches of maize and vegetables, their cash crops.
Although the administration in the respective areas have been distributing food and some cash but the need was gargantuan that left these unfortunate people learning to live with the floods and how best to cope with the situation being stalked by water-borne diseases following shortage of safe drinking water.
The situation has forced the administration seeking additional help to cope with it, reports added.
Meanwhile, the situation deteriorated in the north-eastern Sunamganj where the rising Surma swelled by waters from the upstream especially from the water rolling down the hills around it from the Meghalaya state of north eastern India.
The flood waters have not only damaged the roads but pushed the filled up wetlands known as Haors to spill over submerging new areas everyday.
Nearly half a million people in five Upazilas of the district pelted by rains for over a week are finding it difficult to cope with the situation further.
Ripon Karmaker,an official from the FFWC told The I*ndependent yesterday that the rains have started to slow down yesterday both in Bangladesh and India.Quoting the Indian weather reports added that rains may slow down upstream of the major rivers that may help improve the Bangladesh situation.
The Surma-Kushiyara may likely to remain steady in the next 24 hours. But the flood situation in parts of low lying areas along the Brahmaputra-Jamuna in Kurigram,Gaibandha, JAmalpur, Bogra,Sirajganj and Natore districts.The Ganges-Padma at Rajbari, Manikganj, Munshiganj and Shariatpur districts may continue to deteriorate while the Surma-Kushiyara at Sylhet and Sunamganj may likely to remain steady in the next 48 hours, a FFWC official Ripon Karmaker said.
He said, the rivers around Dhaka city are in a swelling mood which may likely to continue in the next 48 hours threatening the wetlands, flood plains and low lying areas of the city.
He said, the rivers like the Buriganga,Turag and Shitalakhya are swelling because of pressures from a rising Padma and the Jamuna.