Flooding may hit Ganges basin

ANM Mohibub Uz Zaman

21st August, 2019 05:48:54 printer

Flooding may hit Ganges basin

A presumably heavy rainfall in the bordering districts in line with the upstream river water is likely to cause flooding of a medium magnitude in some parts of Ganges basin by the end of August.

The medium-range flood might hit the low-lying areas of Kushtia, Pabna, Natore, Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts, said Md Arifuzzaman Bhuyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).

The heavy to very heavy rainfall increased the water flow in the Indian part of Ganges basin and it also did the same in Bangladesh part.

The water level at Rajshahi and Hardinge Bridge may reach danger level that might create flooding on the river basin, he said.

The officials said the rising trend of Ganges system may continue till August.

According to Bangladesh and Indian meteorological Department, medium to heavy rainfall may occur on the North-Eastern region of Bangladesh, Assam and Meghalaya in India in the 4th week of August.    

The rainfall may increase the river water in Bangladesh, said the official.

Earlier, more than 100 people have, so far, died in flood across the country till July.

A total of 6,30,383 people were fully affected by the flood while 54,44,032 others partially in 163 upazilas under  28 flood-affected districts.            

Some 33,735 houses were fully damaged while 5,32,643 partially, and 8,200 hectares of cropland were fully damaged while 1,45,533 partially during the flood, according to a government statistic.