The flood situation slightly improved in Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Rangpur and Lalmonirhat districts and deteriorated further in Sirajganj, Bogra, Tangail, Jamalpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha and Natore on Tuesday with rise in water levels in the rivers flowing through the districts.
According to official sources, 39 people, including 21 in Dinajpur, eight in Kurigram, five each in Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat districts, died in flood-related incidents in the affected areas in the last three days.
However, army personnel and various governmental and private organizations are working in the flood-hit areas.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at places over Sylhet and Chittagong divisions during next 24 hours beginning at 10:00pm on Tuesday. Heavy to very heavy rainfall may trigger landslide in the hilly regions of Chittagong division, said a Met office bulletin.
Around 13 lakh people of five lakh families have been affected as flood situation deteriorated in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Sirajganj and Jamalpur during the past 24 hours.
Relief activities have been intensified further and members of Bangladesh Army, Border Guard Bangladesh and Fire Service are assisting the civil administration in facing the situation.
According to Water Development Board (WDB) sources, major rivers were flowing above danger mark at 13 points in Kurigram, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Dinajpur, Bogra and Sirajganj districts on Tuesday.
According to WDB sources, the Jamuneswari was flowing 126cm above the danger mark at Badarganj in Rangpur while Dharla was flowing 96cm above the danger mark at Kurigram at 9:00am on Tuesday.
The Brahmaputra was flowing 14cm above the danger level at Noonkhawa, 87cm at Chilmari and 100cm at Fulchhari points while Ghaghot was flowing 83cm above the dander level at Gaibandha.
The Jamuna was flowing 133cm above the danger mark at Bahadurabad, 117cm at Sariakandi, 135cm at Kazipur and 128cm at Sirajganj points.
The Punorbhaba was flowing 55cm above the danger level at Dinajpur, while Kartoa, Ichhamoti and Jamuna were flowing 17cm in Gaibandha.
Our Dinajpur Correspondent reported that the situation in the district remained static on Tuesday as the Punarbhaba and Atrai were flowing above the danger marks.
Local administration sources said over 9 lakh people in 13 upazilas of the district have been affected by the flood triggered by heavy rain and onrush of water from the upstream.
Rail and road links of Dinajpur with the capital have remained snapped since Monday afternoon. Executive Engineer Fayzur Rahman of Bangladesh Water Development Board
(BWDB) said the Punarbhaba River was flowing 85-cm above the red mark on Tuesday morning. The Atrai was flowing 83cm above the danger mark during at same time, he said.
Lalmonirhat Correspondent adds: The overall flood situation in the district slightly improved on Tuesday as the Teesta was flowing below the danger mark.
One Madrasa teacher drowned in floodwater while he was catching fish at Khutamari village under Saptibari union of Aditmari upazila on Monday evening. The diseased was identified as Nurul Islam, 62. He was an assistant teacher of Velabari Dakhil madrasa in the upazila, said Rafiqul Islam, chairman of Saptibari UP. Earlier, six persons, including three children, drowned in floodwater in last three days.
While visiting Kulaghat in Sadar upazila on Tuesday morning, this correspondent saw hundreds flood-hit people have taken shelter on high land and roads in the area.
According to our Gaibandha Correspondent, the overall flood situation in chars and river basin of the Brahmaputra River deteriorated further as the river marked a further rise in the last 24 hours till 6:00pm on Tuesday, marooning over two lakh people.
The officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) here said the water level in the Brahmaputra rose by 11cm during the period and it was flowing 103 cm above the danger level at Fulchharighat point of the district.
The other major rivers– Ghagot and Karotoa also registered a further rise during the period and were flowing over the danger level.
Natore correspondent reported that the flood situation further worsened in the district in the last 24 hours till Tuesday morning.
The water level in the Atrai River is flowing 30cm above danger level in ferry ghat point of Singra upazila.
Jamalpur correspondent reports: The situation deteriorated in the district on Tuesday as the Jamuna was flowing 5cm above the red mark at Bahadurabad ghat in the morning.
Around three lakh people of 40 unions and three municipalities of five upazilas have been affected by the flood.
Mirza Shamsul Alam, stationmaster of Jamalpur Railway Station, said train communications on Jamalpur-Dewanganj and Jamalpur-Islampur routes have remained suspended since Monday night as rail tracks in Dhurmut and Islampur have been washed away.
Nilphamari correspondent adds: Doctors of the government hospital in Nilphamari’s Syedpur are working in waist-deep water while a large portion of the boundary wall of the domestic airport has collapsed after floodwaters started entering the civil aviation compound.
Floodwaters have submerged railway tracks in Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat, Kurhigram and Panchagarh, snapping rail links of these four districts with the rest of the country.
In eight districts of Rangpur division, 1,031 schools have been declared closed and are being used as flood shelters.