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Flood situation at chars, Brahmaputra river basin improved significantly

GAIBANDHA, July 17, 2017 (BSS) - Overall flood situation at chars and Brahmaputra river basins in four upazilas of the district improved significantly and visibly as the river marked fall in last 24 hours till at 9 am.

The officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) sources said water level of the Brahmaputra decreased by 27 cm during the period and the river was flowing 05 cm above its danger level at Phulchharighat point of the district.

Mahbubur Rahman, executive engineer of BWDB here said as the mighty river continued to mark fall, it would flow below the danger mark very shortly improving the flood situation further of the district.

To mitigate the sufferings of the flood affected people particularly the poor and the distressed the relief distribution activities had been intensified at Sundarganj, Sadar, Phulchhari and Shaghata upazila, said district relief and rehabilitation officer AKM Idris Ali

The relief distribution programme and other monitoring and coordination works continued in the upazilas under the direct supervision of deputy commissioner (DC) Goutam Chandra Pal, said additional deputy commissioner (General) Muhammad Mizanur Rahman.

To assist the district administration in flood related activities, the government assigned a high official M. Harun-or-Rashid, joint secretary of the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief on Tuesday last,the sources said.

Talking to the BSS, DC Goutam Chandra Pal said the government stood beside the flood affected people of the district with sufficient relief materials and cash that were being distributed through district and upazila administrations properly involving local government bodies, elite and media men.

In reply to a query, the DC said the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief had allotted 825 tonnes of rice, dry-foods and cash Taka 28 lakh for flood victims of the district so far.