Heavy rain worsens flooding in northern, eastern regions

Staff Correspondent

3 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Heavy rainfall, coupled with onrush of water from across the border, has aggravated the flood situation in northern and eastern regions of the country, inundating fresh areas there.

People living in some low-lying areas of the regions have been marooned. Many of them have taken shelter in safe places.

The water levels of Jamuna and Padma rivers may continue to rise by the next 24 hours, said Arifuzzaman Bhuyan, executive engineer of FFWC.

There is chance of heavy rainfall in the northern, northeastern, southeastern regions of the country in the next 72 hours, he said.

“The water levels of the Teesta, Dharla, Dudhkumar, Brahmaputa rivers of northern region and the major rivers of Upper Meghna basin in the northeastern region and southeastern regions may rise rapidly at times during this period,” he added.

Water of major rivers has risen at 63 points out of 101 points monitored by the FFWC on Friday. 

The Low-lying areas along the river banks of Lalmonirhat and Kurigram were inundated as river water increased due to incessant rainfall and onrush of upstream water.

The water of major rivers in the two districts including Brahmaputra, Teesta and Dharla were still flowing below the danger level on Friday morning, said Mizanur Rahman, executive engineer of Water Development Board in Lalmonirhat.

“Incessant rain and onrush water from the upstream may cause rise of water level in rivers. Flood may occur along the riverside in the next 2-3 days," he said.

The Water Development Board is prepared to evacuate people living in risky areas along the riverside and protect the flood control dykes, he added.

In Sylhet, many parts of roads, houses, seedbeds and schools in Goainghat, Jointapur and Companiganj upazilas went under floodwater due to the flash floods. Rivers were flowing above their danger level, leaving several hundred people of the three upazilas marooned. Road communication with many villages remained snapped while people were suffering from acute shortage of pure drinking water.

Around 10,000 people in haor area of Goainghat upazila have been marooned in the past three days.

In Feni, many roads, houses, seedbeds and schools in Fulgazi and Porshuram upazilas went under water due to the flooding.

A breach in the flood control embankment inundated more than 10 villages in Fulgazi upazila under the district.