The flood situation of the country improved more yesterday. In many areas water- borne diseases like diarrhea broke out due to the paucity of pure drinking water.
Till Thursday morning the ongoing flood that has been raging since mid-July and engulfed 38 districts in the country caused death of 210 persons, according to the Flood and Disaster Management Ministry. Four out of five small rivers surrounding Dhaka and Narayanganj witnessed fall and Tongi canal at Tongi remained steady. All the five rivers around are expected to fall in next 24, 48 and 72 hours.
Flood situation around Dhaka city, especially in the eastern part of Dhaka, is likely to start improving slowly from today and the trend will continue in the next 24, 48 and 72 hours. The flood situation continued to improve in the northern districts including Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Rangpur, Bogra and Jamalpur and north-eastern districts Netrokona, Sunamganj and Sylhet with the water receding significantly in the adjacent major rivers. And the situation is likely to improve further in the next 24 hrs, 48 hrs and 72 hrs gradually, the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center said yesterday.
The Brahmaputra-Jamuna receded further significantly at all points and was flowing 12 cm and 56 cm above danger level at Sirajganj and Aricha respectively. The water level in Jamuna at Sirajganj is likely to flow below danger level in the next 24 hours. But the gradual recession of flood water from the human settlements may take one or two days. Thus the improvement in the flood situation in the districts of Sirajganj, Pabna and Tangail will continue significantly.