Flooding hits northern, eastern regions

Staff Correspondent

1 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The major rivers swelled inundating the low-lying areas in the northern and eastern regions of the country on Wednesday.

The water from the upstream across the border in India is likely to cause flooding in Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogura, Sirajganj, Tangail, Manikganj, Pabna, Naogaon, and Natore districts by the first week of July.

River erosion has also taken a serious turn in the region due to huge current of water in the upstream.

The Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Ganges rivers may continue to rise while the water level in the Padma river may remain unchanged, said Arifuzzaman Bhuyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).

The major rivers of the upper Meghna basin in the northeastern region of the country are in rising trend, which may continue rising in the next 72 hours, he said.

The Surma River at Sunamganj and the Teesta River at Dalia points may cross danger level by the next 24 hours,” he also said.

A part of the Sirajganj town protection embankment has collapsed into the Jamuna River as water level rose sharply in the river.

The 70-metre portion of the embankment was lost to the womb of the river, Sirajganj Water Development Board Executive Engineer Shafiqul Islam said.

Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Ddhaka, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Chattogram divisions during next 24 hrs from 3:00pm on Wednesday, according to heavy rainfall bulletin of Bangladesh Meteorological Department.