Monsoon floods may hit the northern, northwestern, northeastern and central region of the country by the first week of July as rainwater from upstream across the border in India may swell the rivers in Bangladesh.
The flooding is likely to hit the low-lying areas of Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogura, Sirajganj, Tangail, Manikganj, Pabna, Naogaon, and Natore districts.“According to Bangladesh and Indian weather departments, there is chance of heavy rainfall in the northern, northeastern, southeastern regions of the country and some districts in the Indian states of West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura by the next 72 hours, said Md. Arifuzzaman Bhuyan, Executive Engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center.
The water levels of the Teesta, Dharla, Dudkumar and Brahmaputa rivers in the northern region, the major rivers in the northeastern and southeastern regions may rise rapidly during the period, he said.
Dr. AKM Saiful Islam, professor of Institute of Water and Flood Management (IWFM) in Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), told the daily sun that there are possibilities of severe flooding in the country. “The monsoon is fully active over the country and there is a chance of heavy rainfall in the upstream across the border in India. The government should take precautionary measure to protect the people from the natural disaster,” he said.
The water levels in the Brahmaputra and Jamuna rivers are in the rising trend. It may continue in the next 72 hours, FFWC forecasted on Monday.
Except for the Kushiyara, the major rivers of the upper Meghna basin in the northeastern region of the country are in rising trend, which may continue in the next 24 hours, it said.
In Bangladesh, Jafflong witnessed 166 mm rainfall, Chattak 135mm, Lalakhal 121mm, Sylhet 104mm, Lorergarh 75mm, Sunamganj 70 mm, Sheola 61 mm, Kanaighat 57mm, and Kurigram witnessed 51mm rainfall during the last 24 hours on Monday.Meanwhile, the bordering Indian territories such as Cherrapunji, Passighat and Jalpaiguri witnessed 316, 172 and 55 mm rainfall during the period respectively.