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Flood engulfs new areas

  • ANM Mohibub Uz Zaman
  • 1 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Flood engulfs new areas

Water from upstream is swelling the Brahmaputra, Ganges and Padma rivers, deteriorating the flood situation and engulfing new low-lying areas in several districts. 

 “China, Bhutan and various states of India has been experiencing heavy rains in the last few days. The water coming from Brahmaputra basin has deteriorated the flood situation in the northern region,” said Dr. A.K.M. Saiful Islam, professor at the Institute of Water and Flood management of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET).

The prevailing flood situation in low lying areas of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogura, Tangail, Sirajganj, Pabna, Manikganj, Rajbari and Faridpur districts may deteriorate in the next 24 hours, said Arifuzzaman Bhuyan executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC).

“The Brahmaputra River is in rising trend while the Jamuna river is in steady state, Both river may rise in next 48 hours,” he said, adding that the Padma river is in rising trend, which may continue in next 48 hours.

The Dharla River was flowing above danger level at Kurigram point, Brahmaputra at Chilmari point, Jamuna at Fulchari point, Bahadurabad , Sariakandi, Kazipur , Serajganj, Porabari, Mathura and Aricha points, Atrai at Baghabari point, Dhaleswari at Elasin point and Padma at Goalundo, according to FFWC.

“Earlier, West Bengal and Bihar state of India witnessed flood and the floodwater is running through Padma. The onrush of river water on Padma created heavy flooding in the central region,” Dr. A.K.M. Saiful Islam said. 

Heavy deluge is observed in northern region every year but this year it has been seen in central region due to huge onrush in Padma River, he said.

Official sources said the water levels of the major rivers were swelling and flowing downstream, posing a threat to the central region.

Several lakhs flood victims in the submerged areas are facing miseries due to inadequate relief, locals said.

Some villagers have been evacuated from several flood-hit areas while many others remain stranded. The shortage of pure drinking water has intensified the sufferings of the marooned people. Many flood affected people took shelter on makeshift house on higher areas, high lands and roads as their homesteads were inundated with flood water.

Local sources said the government has speed up relief distribution among the flood victims in the affected areas, but these are not adequate.

Scores of houses, schools, colleges, mosques and roads went under the gorge of rivers due to unabated river erosion, leaving thousands of people homeless.