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Rain, tidal surge affect public life

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 13 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Incessant rains disrupted public life in different parts of the country while tidal surge accompanied by squalls were reported in Khulna, Barishal and Chattogram divisions on Monday.

The land depression weakened into a well-marked low over South Madhya Pradesh and adjoining areas of India on Monday, according to Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

Rain may continue for two more days across Bangladesh under the influence of the depression, said a meteorologist.

BMD forecast that monsoon was active over Bangladesh and also strong over North Bay.

Light-to-moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty or squally wind and lightning flashes is likely to occur at most places over Khulna, Barishal, Dhaka and Chattogram divisions and at many places over Rajshahi, Rangpur, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions.

Moderately heavy-to-very heavy falls are also likely at different places in the country.  

 “Squally weather may affect the maritime ports, North Bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh. Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisted local cautionary signal no. three (r) three,” it said.

Low-lying areas of coastal districts and their offshore islands and chars have been inundated by tidal surges under the influence of full moon and steep pressure gradient.

Some parts of Satkhira, Khulna, Bagherhat, Jhalakathi, Pirojpur, Barguna, Patuakhali, Bhola, Barishal, Laxmipur, Chandpur, Noakhali, Feni, Chattogram, Cox's Bazar and their offshore islands and chars have inundated while more are likely to be inundated by the wind-driven surge height of 01-02 feet above normal astronomical tide.

All fishing boats and trawlers over North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.

Gusty or squally wind speed 45-60 kph is likely to occur over the regions of Rangpur, Dinajpur, Rajshahi, Pabna, Bogura, Tangail, Mymensingh, Faridpur, Dhaka, Jashore, Kushtia, Khulna, Barishal, Patuakhali, Noakhali, Cumilla, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar and Sylhet where in river ports shall hoist cautionary signal no one.

Low-lying areas in Paikgachha upazila in Khulna have been flooded following the collapse of an embankment due to tidal surges on Sunday.

Bangabandhu Chattar, kitchen market area and some other low-lying areas were inundated, causing sufferings for local residents.

The front part of the newly-constructed town protection embankment collapsed due to tidal surges caused by depression in the Bay of Bengal.

Locals alleged that under the supervision of the Paikgachha Municipal Authority, the dam was constructed in Charbharati area of the Shibsha River in an unplanned manner to protect the municipality from flooding which was inaugurated on April 23 this year.

A number of trees of the afforestation project planted around the vast area of Shibshar’s Charbharati started to die as the water cannot recede due to the embankment, they said.