The overall flood situation in the country has further deteriorated. Due to rise of water levels of most of the rivers fresh areas of Munshiganj, Manikganj, Faridpur and Shariatpur districts have been flooded. The river Padma is flowing 101 centimetres above the danger level at Faridpur. Many villages of Sadar upazila have been flooded due to breach of embankment at Sadipur. Vegetables on several hundred hectors of land were inundated. With the rise of river Padma, the flood situation has taken a serious turn in Madaripur. The flood-affected people are facing extreme sufferings due to scarcity of food and drinking water. Meanwhile, three people in Kurigram and two others in Jamalpur have drowned in floodwaters.
Movement of ferries on Paturia-Daulatdia and Shimulia-Kawrakandi river routes have been disrupted owing to strong current. As a result passengers are facing extreme sufferings. This situation is continuing on the Paturia-Daulatdia route for the last 11 days. Although 11 ferries out of 18 are now in operation it is taking much longer time to cross from one side to other. Long queues of vehicles have been created on both sides of the river. About 8 hundred buses and trucks are awaiting to cross over. Meanwhile, ferry movement on Shimulia-Kawrakandi route is yet to normalise even after 10 days. 12 out of 17 ferries are plying on this route. More than three hundred vehicles are now stranded on the both sides of the river.
Prime Minister urges well to do people to stand beside flood victims.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the well to do segment of the society to extend their support to the flood affected people. Inaugurating the National Tree Plantation Campaign at Krishibid Institution in the capital, she directed to implement all projects including power and housing, keeping the natural environment unaffected. The Prime Minister urged all to plant at least three saplings each in order to combat natural disasters and safeguarding environmental balance. She also directed to shift tanneries from Hazaribagh to Savar soon. Later Sheikh Hasina handed over a number of national awards including Bangabandhu medal for contribution in various natural sectors including tree-plantation and preservation of livestock.
EU Ambassador Piri Mayadun has urged to intensify security not only at the diplomatic zones but at all places of the country. He said this, after a meeting with Commerce Minister Tofayel Ahmed at the ministry. The Commerce Minister said the issue of security to the foreigners was prioritised during meeting with the EU delegation. He said the country would be free of militants soon following drives by the law enforcement agencies.
University Grants Commission Chairman, Professor Abdul Mannan has said action would be taken against North South University on allegation of militancy. Speaking at a press conference at the UGC Auditorium he said punitive action would be taken against any university, if evidence of militancy is received. Referring to a recent report, Professor Abdul Mannan said the problem of militancy is more acute in some public universities than private universities. In this context, he also said, the old act of 1973 relating to the private universities is being amended to make it up to date. The UGC Chairman said, a three-member committee has already been formed to monitor allegations of militant activities in the universities. As part of anti-militancy awareness campaign all the universities, colleges, students of madrasas, teachers, officials and employees would stage human chains tomorrow across the country