The flood situation in Sirajganj showed signs of improvement on Monday as the water level of the Jamuna River dropped.

The river was flowing 65cm below the danger mark at Sirajganj point while 57cm below the danger level at Kazipur point on Monday morning, said Nasir Uddin, sub-divisional engineer (HQ) of Sirajganj Water Development Board.

He said that the water has receded from many houses in the flood-hit areas and water may recede from most of the low-lying areas in the next two to three days.

More than 50,000 people in 38 unions of 5 upazilas on the banks of the Jamuna River were stranded due to the flood.

With flood waters receding, the miseries of the residents of the char areas in the district have increased.

Besides, 9,500 hectares of cropland have been damaged due to the flood.

The flood survivors are crying for relief. Apart from facing a food crisis, they need pure drinking water, fuel and fodder.

According to district administration sources, 84 educational institutions have been shut due to the ongoing flood, hampering the studies of the students.

As water level in the Jamuna started to fall river banks erosion has taken a serious turn in many places in the district.

However, sand-filled bags were dumped at vulnerable points to protect the area from erosion.

Besides, 184 shelters have been opened for the flood victims and 23 medical teams have been formed to provide services round-the-clock.

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