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Heavy rains may worsen flooding

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 30 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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With the floodwaters yet to recede from most of the affected areas, heavy downpours may deteriorate the situation in northeastern and northern regions of the country as the major rivers have started swelling again.

The major rivers of the northern region, including Teesta, Upper Atrai, Dharla, Dudhkumar, Upper Karotoa, Tangon, Punarbhaba and Kulikh, may rise rapidly due to the rains, Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said on Wednesday.

The water level of the Teesta River at Dalia point, Dharla at Kurigarm point, Dudhkumar at Pateswari point and Karotoa at Panchagarh point may rise and remain above or close to the danger level in the next 24 hours, said Arifuzzaman Bhuyan, executive engineer of FFWC.

“The flood situation in Sylhet and Sunamganj districts may slightly deteriorate as all the major rivers in the country are in rising trend,” he said.

 Sunamganj Sadar witnessed 196mm of rainfall while Chhatak 175mm, Lalakhal in Sylhet saw 195mm, Jaflong 177mm, Sylhet city 128mm and Kanaighat 115mm, Dalia in Nilphamari 148mm, Pateswari in Kurigram 137mm and Panchagarh recorded 129mm of rainfall during the last 24 hours ending at 9:00am on Wednesday, according the FFWC.

It said there is chance of heavy rainfall at places of the northern and northeastern Bangladesh along with Assam, Meghalaya and Sub-Himalayan West Bengal (Jalpaiguri and Sikkim) of India.

Passighat in India’s Arunachal witnessed 183mm of rainfall while Jalpaiguri 97mm, Cherrapunji in Meghalaya 96mm and Dibrugarh in Assam witnessed 82mm of rainfall during the period, the FFWC said.

Rains have already created panic among the flood victims in Sunamganj and Sylhet districts as the floodwaters are yet to recede from the region.

They fear more floods in the region with a rise in the water level of the major rivers due to the fresh rains.

Sunamganj witnessed heavy rains through Tuesday night to Wednesday morning.

The Met office said rains could continue. The Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya, upstream from Sunamganj, are also seeing heavy rains.

Although some flood victims have left shelter centres for their respective homes, public and private relief work is going on in full swing amid a shortage of food and pure drinking water. Many are still residing in shelters as floodwaters have not receded.

Sunamganj Water Development Board (WDB) Executive Engineer Md Zahirul Islam said, “It’s raining heavily in India’s Meghalaya and Assam. The water level of the rivers has risen as a result. If rains continue, the water may rise further.”

The water level of the Surma River, at both Sunamganj and Sholghar points, has risen from 7.44 metres to 7.66 metres in the last 48 hours. The water is still 14 centimetres below the danger line.

In addition, the water of the border river of Jadukata and Old Surma River has been rising for the last few days, said the WDB.

In Sylhet, rains from Tuesday to Wednesday have created panic among the city residents marooned by a devastating wave of flood which ravaged the district a few days ago.

Many areas of Sylhet are still waterlogged though the situation has improved in various parts of the city over the past few days.

Floodwaters started receding from the city but fresh rains have triggered a rise in the water level, said local sources.

The water level of the Surma has decreased over the last few days but it rose in the Kushiyara River, which flooded at least six upazilas in Sylhet.

Most of the areas in Sylhet, including five municipalities and 99 out of 105 unions in 13 upazilas, have been flooded since June 15.

Many villages in Balaganj, Osmaninagar, Fenchuganj, Beanibazar, Golapganj, Companiganj, Zakiganj, Jointiapur and Gowainghat are still under water with road connectivity cut off due to floods.

More than 2.1 million people from 16,966 families and 30,940 houses were affected by the flood.