Downpour worsens flood in southeast of Bangladesh | 2015-07-27 |

Downpour worsens flood in southeast of Bangladesh

Financial Express

27th July, 2015 03:01:47 printer

Downpour worsens flood in southeast of Bangladesh

Because of very heavy rainfall landslides are occuring in places over the hilly regions of Chittagong division. The floods in the south-eastern and south-western districts have worsened in the last 48 hours ending at 6am on Monday.


Meteorologists say due to active monsoon over southern part of Bangladesh, heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at places over Chittagong division during next 24 hours commencing 10am on July 26.


The Met office has forecast it may rain heavily in some parts of Chittagong, Khulna and Barisal divisions due to the seasonal low in the Bay of Bengal in the next few days. Lower areas of Feni, Bandarban and Chittagong have been submerged by flash flood.


Water Development Board has forecast that the flood situation in Cox's Bazar, Feni, Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrhachharhi may further worsen. Senior meteorologist Hafizur Rahman on Sunday said the hilly districts of Chittagong might sea landslide due to heavy rains. The heavy rains might continue for two more days, he added.


The highest rainfall of 299 millimetres on Sunday was recorded at Chittagong. Life in the low-lying parts of the port city has been paralysed due to the flood. Unloading at the port has also been hampered. A part of the Airport Road has been submerged, forcing passengers to use an alternative street to reach the airport. Police stations in Bakalia and Patenga and several other police camps have gone underwater. Rainfall on Sunday was recorded 116mm in Cox’s Bazar, 178mm in Kutubdia, 148mm in Teknaf, 117mm in Patuakhali’s Khenpupara and 42mm in Khulna.


The Met Office said most parts of Khulna, Barisal and Chittagong Divisions, and many parts of Dhaka, Rajshahi, Rangpur and Sylhet might experience light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind on Monday, according to agencies.