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Heavy rains may trigger flash floods in northern region

Risk is low in the north-eastern region including the Haor areas

Update : 04 Jul 2021, 03:06 PM

Heavy rainfalls during the monsoon may cause flash floods in the northern region of the country in the next two days, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

“The region is at risk of witnessing heavy rainfall in the next two or three days. Although the situation is stable now and no heavy rainfall occurred in the last 48 hours, we are anticipating heavy rainfall from tomorrow [Monday],” FFWC Executive Engineer Md Arifuzzaman Bhuyan told Dhaka Tribune on Sunday.

The north-eastern region — especially Sylhet, Habiganj and Kishoreganj — may also witness rainfall but the risk is low, according to the official.

The latest FFWC bulletin says that water levels of Brahmaputra and Jamuna rivers are rising, which may continue for the next 72 hours.

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has also forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next few days.

“Heavy rainfall is unlikely to occur today [Sunday], but we will monitor the next three days with apprehension,” said Meteorologist AKM Ruhul Kuddus.

Rainfall in Dhaka to continue

Dhaka recorded 38mm of rainfall from 9am to 12 noon on Sunday, according to the Met Office.

Meteorologist Abdul Mannan said that the situation in the capital could worsen or remain the same for the next couple of days.

“The axis of the monsoon trough runs through Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal to Assam across the central part of Bangladesh. One of its associated troughs extends up to the North Bay. Monsoon is fairly active over Bangladesh and moderate over the North Bay,” the Met Office said in its weather bulletin on Sunday.

Situation in other districts

On Sunday, the district correspondents of Dhaka Tribune from all over the country reported that some regions experienced medium to heavy rainfall, but there was yet to be any flooding.

Thakurgaon has been experiencing heavy rainfall for the past two days, causing a rise in the water levels of the nearby Karatoya and Tangon rivers.

Medium rainfall was witnessed in Rajshahi and nearby districts until Sunday morning. Rainfall in the district was recorded at 37mm on Saturday.

There was no heavy rainfall in Bogra, but the water levels of the nearby Jamuna and Bangali rivers kept rising.

In Rangpur, the water levels of Teesta and Ghaghat rivers were stable, but they are likely to go up in the next few days.

In the north-eastern region, our correspondents did not report any major flooding. Water levels of Khowai and Kushiyara rivers were rising till Saturday but remained stable on Sunday.

The Met Office warned that landslides might occur in the hill tracts region, including Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf, due to the heavy rainfall.

Cox’s Bazar has been witnessing medium to heavy rainfall for the last couple of days, which resulted in a landslide in the Marine Drive area on Saturday. The situation eventually became stable and no casualties were reported.

Rangamati and Bandarban districts are experiencing low to medium rainfall. A landslide was reported in the Kaptai Lake area of Rangamati, in which one person sustained injuries.

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