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Heavy monsoon rains upstream trigger floods in northeast Bangladesh

  • Published at 02:28 pm June 17th, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:29 pm June 17th, 2018
Persistent rain and steady onrush of hill waters have raised the water level of Monu River in Moulvibazar's Kulaura upazila by 175 centimetres above the danger level Dhaka Tribune

It is normal in the monsoon season, a Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre official says

Continuous rainfall in India’s north and north-eastern regions is causing floods in parts of Sylhet, Bangladesh.

Most rivers of the Surma-Kushiara basin were above the danger level at 9am on Saturday, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) of the Bangladesh Water Development Board.

“The Sylhet division of Bangladesh is experiencing floods due to the heavy rainfall in Assam and Meghalaya for the last few days,” said FFWC Executive Engineer, Md Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan.

“It is normal in the monsoon season,” he added.

The flood waters will recede in the next 48 hours, if the rainfall subsides upstream, Arifuzzaman said.

According to the FFWC flood bulletin, the Khoai, Monu, and Kushiyara rivers are at 205cm, 33cm, and 14cm above the danger level.

The water level of the rivers in the Brahmaputra basin is also rising since retaining flood waters coming down from Assam.

June is considered the beginning of monsoon. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is normal during this time across the whole river catchment in Bangladesh, originating in Northern India.

With heavy rains in the upper catchment of the trans-boundary rivers, water levels might rise more in the next few days, the FFWC official said.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the Assam and Meghalaya regions might experience heavy rainfall till tomorrow.

Places upstream of Bangladesh’s north-eastern border have recorded heavy rainfall. Sohra, for example, recorded 211.5mm of rainfall, Silchar 114.6mm, Majbat 121.4mm, Kherunighat 145.8mm, and Lumding 89.4mm. 

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department recorded 109mm of rainfall in Sylhet’s Kanaighat, and 60mm in Sunamganj on Saturday.