‘Preparedness is underway to handle flash floods’

Disaster Management and Relief Minister Dr Enamur Rahman in a media briefing on Friday said preparedness is underway to handle the flash floods that occurred at different parts of the country due to the incessant downpour.

He said a central control room at his office is keeping a constant contact with officials in the affected areas. Rahman made the comments emerging out of an emergency meeting at his ministry in the capital on Friday morning.

He said said gushing waters from upstream region overnight triggered erosion in central Manikganj on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka while efforts was underway to save people and infrastructure there. He acknowledged that erosion in Manikganj sent a visible signal that the deluge could engulf more areas but added government machineries including the health ministry, armed forces and non-government organizations chalked up coordinated plans to face any situation.

Rahman said, “Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has directed to take vast measures coordinating with field level as pre-cautionary measures following recent flood in several districts in the country.” He also said that Tk 2 crore 93 lakh , 18,000 tonnes of rice, 50,000 packets of dry food and 500 tents will be sent to the affected areas by two days. “The water level of Jamuna River may rise further as the water flow of Brahmaputra River has already increased,” he added.