Severe flooding may hit northern region

Staff Correspondent

5 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Heavy rainfall, coupled with onrush of water from across the border since last week, may cause severe flooding in the northern region of the country in the next two days, Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) forecasts.

Some low-lying areas in the country’s northern and eastern regions have already been witnessing flood since last week. The flooding also inundated fresh areas in the region. Many people here have also taken shelter in safe places.

Due to heavy rainfall, water levels of the rivers have marked a sharp rise, which may cause flood in the region, said Arifuzzaman Bhuyan, executive engineer of FFWC.

“There are possibilities of heavy rainfall in the northern, northeastern regions of the country along with places of adjoining Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya states of India in next 48 hours. As a result, the water levels of the Teesta, Dharla, Dudhkumar rivers of northern Bangladesh may rise sharply at times during this period creating flash flood situation at some places of the region,” he said.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department has also forecasted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next few days.

The meteorological office has warned that landslides are likely to occur in the hill tracts, including Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf due to heavy rainfall.

Rangamati and Bandarban districts are experiencing low to medium rainfall.

Meantime, a landslide has been reported at the Kaptai lake area of Rangamati district, though no causality was reported.

The recorded rainfalls during the last 24 hours ending at 9am on Sunday were 280mm at Cherrapunji, 46mm at Shillong and 37cm at Dhubri points of the northwestern Indian states in the upstream.

Besides, the BWDB recorded 143mm rainfalls at Dalia and 100m at Jamalpur monitoring points in the Brahmaputra basin during the same period.

Water levels of the Dharla rose by 15cm at Kurigram, Ghagot by 4cm at Gaibandha, Brahmaputra by 36cm at Noonkhawa and 25cm at Chilmari and Teesta rose by 10cm at Dalia and 3cm at Kawnia points during the last 24 hours till 9 am on the day.

Besides, water levels of the Jamuna rose by 16cm at Fulchhari, 17cm at Bahadurabad and 2cm at Sariakandi and remained steady at Kazipur and while fell by 4cm at Sirajganj points during the period. However, all of the major rivers were flowing below their respective danger marks at all monitoring points in the Brahmaputra basin.

The Dharla was flowing 76cm below its DM at Kurigram, Brahmanpara by 128cm at Noonkhawa and 86cm at Chilmari, Teesta by 10cm at Dalia and 34cm at Kawnia Ghaghot was flowing below the DM by 157cm at Gaibandha points.

Besides, the Jamuna was flowing 112cm below the DM at Fulchhari, 109cm at Bahadurabad, 129cm at Sariakandi, 217cm at Kazipur and 127cm at Sirajganj points.