Water level in Ganges basin on the rise

Flood situation improving in Brahmaputra basin

National Desk

20 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The water levels in most of the rivers and tributaries in Ganges basin recorded a rising trend for the second consecutive day on Saturday, said Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) officials.

They also hoped that the flood situation is likely to be stable from Sunday as the rate of onrushing water from the upstream reduced.

The  water levels increased at 21 points out of 30 points in the Ganges basin on Saturday while receded at nine points, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

However, the rivers were still flowing below the danger level at 29 points while above the danger level at one point on Saturday like the previous day. Local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) recorded a falling trend at Pankha in Chapainawabganj, while it’s rising at Rajshahi, Hardinge Bridge and Talbaria Points of the Ganges River on Saturday morning.

The water level declined by two Centimeter (cm) at Pankha, while went up by two cm, five cm and one cm at Rajshahi, Hardinge Bridge and Talbaria points respectively, said Mukhlesur Rahman, superintending engineer of BWDB.

The BWDB office also recorded a rising trend at all the points of the Padma, the Mohananda, the Korotoa and the Atrai rivers afresh.

Water level in the Korotoa further went up by 10 cm and 39 cm at Chak Rahimpur and Bogura points respectively. The Gur River increased by 29 cm further at Singra in Natore, while the Atrai River by 16 cm at Baghabari in Sirajganj.

FFWC Executive Engineer Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan said a rising trend has been recorded at all the six points of the Jamuna River further excepting one Saturday morning. The river was flowing above the danger mark at Sariakandi in Bogura and Kazipur in Sirajganj points during the period while flowing below the danger mark in other four points.

The water level went up by eight cm at Sariakandi, 10 cm at Kazipur and 12 cm at Sirajganj points.

The Mahananda River also increased by 11 cm and four cm at Rohanpur and at Chapainawabganj points respectively. The Little Jamuna River went up by 23 cm at Naogaon and the Atrai River receded by five cm at Mohadevpur in Naogaon while went up by 39 cm at Atrai points in the same time.

Meanwhile, water levels of the Brahmaputra might remain steady with a falling trend while Jamuna to rise at lower rates during the next 24 hours to end the short-term flood-like situation in the basin within the next few days, BWDB officials hoped.

The Dharla was flowing above the danger mark by 11cm at Kurigram and Jamuna by 15cm at Sariakandi and by 7cm at Kazipur points in the basin at 9am yesterday.