Fresh flood may hit north, northwestern regions

Staff Correspondent

11 July, 2020 12:00 AM printer

A fresh flood is approaching towards the Northern and Northeastern region amid the continuous rise of major river systems by the onrush of water from the border region.

Flash floods triggered by the onrush of water from the upstream and heavy rains have already inundated parts of Sunamganj.

Heavy rainfall may occur over the upstream boarding area Arunachal, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal and Northern and Northeaster region of Bangladesh in the next 72 hours, said Md Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

“The water level in Brahmaputra –Jamuna, Teesta-Dharla and Meghna basin in North and Northeastern region has been rising,” he said, adding that flood situation may deteriorate in Sylhet and Sunamganj district. Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) forecasted that a long duration flood may create this time.

The flood may hit Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogra, Sirajganj, Tangail, Manikganj, Sylhet, Naogaon, Natore, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Rajbari, Sunamganj, Netrokona, Rajshahi, Kishorganj, Munshiganj, Faridpur, Madaripur, Shariatpur and Chandpur district this time.

The water level of Teesta and Dharla may cross danger level by 24 hours while the water level of Padma will be static, forecasted FFWC.

A fresh flood may hit 23 districts in the country’s Northern, Northeastern and Central region next week.

The river water was rising at 57 of the 101 points observed by the warning centre on Thursday morning.

Four rivers are flowing above the danger level at four river station on the day, said FFWC. The water level of Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Padma and Meghna River may increase during the time that may create flooding in 20-24 districts.

Fresh floods inundate Sunamganj

The Surma River was 17cm above the danger mark at Shologhar point and the Jadukata River was flowing 23cm above the danger mark in Bishwamvarpur Upazila at 9:00am on Friday.

The district water development board has recorded 183mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. Already flooded this year, people in the lowlands and haor areas of Sunamganj are seeing fresh flooding again due to heavy rainfall and water from upstream.

Floodwaters have started to enter the lowlands of Dowarabazar upazila and the haor areas of Bishwamvarpur upazila, affecting livestock and damaging crops and roads.

Sunamganj Water Development Board Executive Engineer Sabibur Rahman said water from upstream, doubled by heavy rainfall in the district, has induced fresh flooding in the already flood-affected lowlands and haor areas.