Fresh flooding hit the country’s northern and eastern regions due to onrush of upstream water caused by the last few days of heavy rain, leaving thousands of people marooned
The water levels of three river basins — Brahmaputra-Jamuna, Ganges-Padma and Surma-Kushiyara — have marked rising trend the last couple of days, sources at the Flood Forecasting & Warning Center (FFWC) said.
If the rising trend of the three river basins continues, flooding may hit fresh areas, including the central and southern regions, a FFWC special bulletin warned on Saturday.
Fourteen major rivers were following above the danger level while the water levels at 81 river stations across the country marked a rise on Saturday, FFWC sources said
The continuous swelling of the major rivers has submerged several areas of Sunamganj, Brahmanbaria, Kurigram and Lalmonirhat districts, affecting thousands of people.
The water levels of Brahmaputra-Jamuna, Ganges-Padma and Surma-Kushiyara river basins marked rising trend, FFWC sources said and also forecast that the rise in the water level of Brahmaputra-Jamuna river basins may continue for the next 72 hours.
The water level of Brahmaputra-Jamuna basin is rising 55cm per 24 hours and it may rise 1 meter in the next 72 hours, said Sazzad Hossain, executive engineer of FFWC.
The rise in the water level of Ganges-Padma river basin may continue for the next 72 hours while that of Surma-Kushiyara river basin may continue for the next 24 hours, he added.
The river Dharla at Kurigram points was following 32cm above danger level, Teesta at Dalia points 25cm above, Jamuneswari at Badarganj point 6cm above, Jamuna at Bahadurabad and Serajganj points 4cm and 10cm above respectively, Tangon at Thakurgaon points 65cm above, Surma at Kanaighat and Sunamganj points 78 and 70cm above the danger level.
Kushiyara at Sheola point was flowing 12cm above danger mark, Sarigowain at Sarighat point 49cm above, Manu at Manu railway bridge point 7cm above, Khowai at Ballah and Habiganj points 135 and 195cm above respectively, Dhalai at Kamalganj point 13cm above, Bhugai at Nakuagaon point 236cm above, Someswari at Durgapur point 35cm above and Kangsha at Jariajanjail point 105 above danger level.
Rail communications on Thakurgaon-Pachaghar route was suspended as the rail tracks at different points of the route went under water, a railway ministry release said.
Train communication will resume after the flood water recedes from the rail tracks and completion of necessary repair work, the release added.
Water levels of major rivers such as the Brahmaputra, Dharla and Dudhkumar in Kurigram were rising fast on Saturday due to incessant rains and onrush of waters from the upstream.
In Kurigram, over 100 villages near the embankments of rivers and char areas have been inundated, leaving more than 20,000 people marooned.
Many houses in Kurigram Sadar, Phulbari, Rajarhat, Nageshwari, Bhurungamari, Ulipur, Chilmari, Rowmari and Char Rajibpur upazilas have been inundated in the second spell of flood this year.
In Lalmonirhat, about 50,000 people in five upazilas have been affected by flooding.
In Sunamganj, villages under seven upazilas have been flooded due to the rising of river water.
In Brahmanbaria, 30 villages under Akhaura have been inundated while standing crops on a huge swathe of farmland and over 1,000 houses have gone under water.
According to Akhaura upazila administration in Brahmanbaria, the embankment on the Hawra river in Tripura was damaged, releasing excessive waters towards the downstream areas of Brahmanbaria.
Two shelter centres have been opened in Akhaura south union.
Haors and rivers in the district are swelling due to non-stop rains and hilly onrush of waters.