Flooding was reported in the Faridpur and Jamalpur areas of Bangladesh as four major rivers overflowed their banks and two others were at high levels.
AERIAL VIEW Sirajganj town partly under flood water.
AFTER VIEW Flooded houses and fields (4 shots)
AERIAL VIEW Flood water near railway line and flooded fields (2 shots)
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Background: Flooding was reported in the Faridpur and Jamalpur areas of Bangladesh as four major rivers overflowed their banks and two others were at high levels.
The flooding is an annual occurrence along the rivers in the country, and is considered normal. Devastating flooding caused by the same monsoon rains has hit the Philippines and Eastern India.
The United Nations Relief Operation in Dacca (UNROD) and the Red Cross have surveyed the current flooding and have pronounced that there is no emergency at present.
But the President of Bangladesh, Dr. Abu Sayeed Chouwdhury, said that a "gigantic effort" was necessary to save the town of Sirajganj. The government is working out plans for an extensive relief programme.
Part of Sirajganj was washed away by flood water, and forty-thousand residents have been removed to higher ground as a precautionary move. But, the situation eased on Friday (4 August) as the nearby River Jumna showed signs of falling.
SYNOPSIS: Flood waters in Bangladesh are forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and head to higher ground. The most serious situation exists in the town of Sirajganj where forty-thousand people were evacuated from their homes with the help of United Nations boats. Some houses were washed away, but the situation eased Friday as the nearby River Jumna showed signs of falling. The flooding of the rivers of the Ganges Delta is an annual occurrence, but the Bangladesh Government feels the situation serious enough this year to work out extensive relief plans. The waters are pouring into Bangladesh from the Assam region of India where ninety-two people are known to have drowned.
Flood waters have cut roads and railways, and disrupted communications in the affected area. Should the flood waters rise further the situation cloud become critical.