সোমবার, 08 অগাস্ট 2016 15:01

Relief still a far cry for people living in remote areas

People of Kamarjani village, Gaibandha sadar upzila have already dismantled their houses, as erosion by the Brahmaputra River has taken a serious turn in the locality. The photo was taken yesterday People of Kamarjani village, Gaibandha sadar upzila have already dismantled their houses, as erosion by the Brahmaputra River has taken a serious turn in the locality. The photo was taken yesterday Dhaka Tribune

Dhaka Tribune || The flood situation has improved in the last couple of days, but sufferings of flood-affected people of Chilmari upzila, Kurigram yet to end, as they are still lacking of relief and rehabilitation. 

During a visit to Ramna and Thanahat unions on Monday, this correspondent found that many houses were under water. Consequently, many people are still living at schools, roads and flood control embankment. Water levels in 73 river stations across the country monitored by the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) marked falls and 11 stations recorded rises. Among the 90 monitored water level stations, one river station has been registered steady while six rivers are flowing above the danger mark, a bulletin issued by FFWC said yesterday. Flood victims said they were mostly suffering for lack of pure drinking water and sanitation facilities.Halima Begum, who has been staying in a tent on a road at Chhoto Kusti village, said she had been suffering from arthritis for long, but she could visit a doctor since the flood water entered into their locality. “My husband even cannot earn bread and butter for my family nowadays due to flood. Nobody came to us with relief and medicine still now,” she said.

Osman Goni, another resident of the locality, said he had been suffering from fever for five days, but he could not manage medicine for himself for lack of money. He urged the district administration to arrange relief as soon as possible. Rasheda Begum said they were facing various problems on the street. After being marooned they have been staying there, but nobody manage drink water or toilet system for them. Chairman of Thanahat union Abdur Razzaque Milon urged the government and non-government organisations to come forward to help the flood victims. 

Flood exposes parts of Gaibandha sadar to erosion 

Parts of Gaibandha Sadar upazila were exposed to serious erosion by the Brahmaputra River. “A good number of houses and arable land have been devoured by the river and many homesteads and other structures including business business establishments and schools are threatened,” said Solaiman Islam Kachu, a resident of the area. “We are trying to protect the area dumping sandbags in river at vulnerable points,” said Executive Engineer of the WDB Prokash Krishna Sarker.

Tidal surge likely to submerge low-lying coastal areas

Under the influence of steep pressure gradient over North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh, squally weather may affect the maritime ports, North Bay and adjoining coastal areas, said a met office release yesterday, reports BSS. Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Pyra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal no-three. Under the influence of new moon, low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barisal, Pirojpur, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by tidal surge of 2-3 feet height above normal astronomical tide.