Flooding in Northern, Eastern Regions

Low-lying areas inundated

Staff Correspondent

2 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The low lying areas of northern and eastern regions of the country have been inundated due to swelling of major rivers, causing immense sufferings to local people.

Heavy rainfall in the upstream has created this flood situation and also caused river erosion in the regions.

The Muhuri River at Parshuram, Khowai River at Ballah and Khowai at Jariajanjail point were following above danger levels, according to Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).

The major rivers of the Upper Meghna basin in the northeastern region of the country, including the Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Padma rivers, are in rising trend, which may continue rising in the next 72 hours, said Arifuzzaman Bhuyan executive engineer of FFWC.

The water levels of the Teesta, Dharla, Dudkumar, Brahmaputa rivers of the northern Bangladesh, the major rivers of Upper Meghna basin in the northeastern region and southeastern may rise rapidly at times during this period creating flash flood situation at some places, he added.

Executive Engineer (In-charge) of the Teesta Barrage division of BWDB Abdullah Al Mamun said all 44 gates of the Teesta Barrage Project are remaining open at Dalia point in Nilphamari where the river was flowing 5cm below the danger mark at 9 am on Thursday.

In Sylhet, heavy rains and the onrush water from the hills during the last couple of days triggered a flash flood in Gowainghat and Companiganj upazilas.

 In Gowainghat upazila, Sari-Gowainghat and Gowainghat-Radhanagar road were submerged, disrupting vehicular movement.

According to officials sources, the low-lying areas of Asampara haor, Baurbhag haor, Jaflong tea garden, Sankibhanga haor, East Alirgaon union of East Jaflong union, Kakunakhai Haor, Khas Haor, Jugirkand Haor of East Alirgaon union, Satain, Barkipur, Hatirpara, Pukash Haor of West Alirgaon union, Lengura, Citybari Haor, Toakul, Rustompur, East Jaflong, Doubari of Lengura union and haor areas of Nandirgaon union were the worst affected areas.

In Companiganj upazila, 15 villages under three unions and some other low-lying areas have been flooded.