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Flood alert: Heavy rain upstream swelling up rivers

The water levels of Padma, Teesta, Dharla and Dudhkumar rivers are rising, which could continue for the next 24 hours

Update : 09 Jul 2023, 08:03 PM

The continuous heavy rainfall in the upstream regions has caused a surge in the water levels of the Padma, Teesta, Dharla, and Dudhkumar rivers.

This increase could continue for the next 24 hours, raising concerns over the Teesta River surpassing its danger level.

The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) reports a rise in water levels in the Brahmaputra River, while the water level in the Jamuna River remains stable. 

Additionally, the branches and tributaries of the Ganga-Padma are also witnessing a rise, which could persist for the next 72 hours.

According to meteorological agencies, heavy to very heavy rainfall is expected in the northern region of the country and the uplands of India over the next 72 hours. 

As a result, the water levels of the Teesta, Dharla, and Dudhkumar rivers in these regions could increase rapidly. 

In the upcoming 48 to 72 hours, the Teesta River may exceed its danger level at Dalia point.

The FFWC said there are 109 water level stations under their monitoring.

Out of these, water levels have risen at 43 stations, decreased at 62, and remained unchanged at four.

Currently, water levels at one station are above the danger level, and one district is experiencing flooding.

In Netrokona's Kalmakanda point, the Someshwari River is flowing 12 centimetres above the danger level.

However, water levels in the Surma River in Sunamganj and the old Surma River at Derai point are now below the danger mark.

As per the Bangladesh Meteorological Department's forecast for the next 24 hours, light to moderate rain or thunderstorms are likely to occur at many places in the Rangpur, Mymensingh, Chittagong, and Sylhet divisions and at a few places in the Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna, and Barisal divisions. 

Additionally, moderate to heavy downpours may occur in some parts of the country. 

Day and night temperatures across the country are expected to remain nearly unchanged.

In the last 24 hours, the highest rainfall of 24 millimetres was recorded in Dimla.

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