Maya apprehends flood may take turn in central and lower regions


Dhaka, July 20: Apprehending that flood might take a turn towards the central and lower regions of the country, Relief and Disaster Management minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya on Thursday said the government has taken necessary preparation to tackle probable flooding.

Water in the upstream is now receding and flood situation in the northern regions are improving, the minister said.

The minister came up with the remarks while addressing a press briefing over the flood situation of the country’s northern regions at the Secretariat.

The floodwater might start rolling down towards Manikganj, Munshiganj, Bhola, Madaripur and other districts, said Maya adding, “I urge the deputy commissioners of the respective districts to take all-out preparations to face the flood.”

Maya said the government has divided the flood-hit districts into three categories — Category-A, Category-B and Category-C — according to the size of the population in need of relief materials.

Flood-affected districts under Category-A received 200 metric tonnes rice and Tk 2 lakh while those under Category-B and Category-C got 150 metric tonnes rice and Tk 1.5 lakh and 100 metric tonnes rice and Tk one lakh respectively, the minister said.

The ministry has already identified some major damages, including embankment collapse, destruction of croplands and fisheries, caused by flood this year, said Maya.

Meanwhile, the ministries concerned have already been instructed to take necessary steps to reconcile the damages.

“I along with senior government officials visited all flood-affected districts,” the minister said adding adequate relief products were distributed among flood-affected people.

Following the devastating flood, the Relief and Disaster Management Ministry opened many shelter centers for flood victims where around 10,000 people took shelter.

However, 80 percent of them have already returned to their respective homes as flood water decreased in the northern districts, the minister said.