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Flood situation may remain steady in six districts, improve in two

  • Published at 10:09 pm June 30th, 2020
Sunamganj Flood
Houses in Sunamganj submerged in the flood on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

The major rivers were flowing above the danger marks (DM) at 11 points of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Jamalpur, Bogra, and Sirajganj in spite of the fall in their water levels during the past 24 hours till 9am on the same day

The flood situation in six northern and north-eastern districts of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bagura, Sirajganj, Jamalpur, and Tangail in Brahmaputra basin is likely to remain steady while it may improve in two north-eastern districts of Sylhet and Sunamganj in the Meghna basin in the next 24 hours.

As the water levels in major rivers in Brahmaputra-Jamuna basin remained steady till 9am on Tuesday, and it may continue in the next 48 hours, the flood situation is likely to stay steady in six northern and north-eastern districts, said a bulletin of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), reports BSS.

It said the water levels in major rivers in Meghna or Surma-Kushiyara basin fell in the last 24 hours and it may continue in the next 48 hours. Thus, the flood situation in the northern districts of Sylhet and Sunamganj is likely to improve.

Thousands of people in 10 northern and north-eastern districts including Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari and Netrokona, along with the eight districts, have been bearing the spikes of floods due to the onrush of water from the upstream in two major Brahmaputra and Meghna basins in the last several days.

Ins and outs of the water levels

Water levels are flowing above danger marks (DM) at 15 points—11 in Brahmaputra, three in Meghna and one in Padma basin—till 9am on Tuesday as water levels at 63 river stations out of total 101, monitored by FFWC, have marked rise while 36 stations recorded fall and two others steady.

People use a boat as transport during the flood in Jamalpur on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | Dhaka TribuneThe major rivers were flowing above the danger marks (DM) at 11 points of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Jamalpur, Bogra, and Sirajganj in spite of the fall in their water levels during the past 24 hours till 9am on the same day.

In Brahmaputra basin, the flood situation is getting normal in Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat with recession of flood water while showing an improving trend in Kurigram and Gaibandha, Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) Md Zakir Hossain said.

Meanwhile, the district and upazila administrations, in association with local public representatives, are continuing relief activities among the affected people in the flood-hit districts, he said.

Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) Officials said water levels in the major rivers marked falls at all points with the receding rate of onrushing water from upstream in the last 24 hours and the trend might continue in the next 48 hours.

Water level of Dharla River marked a fall by 16cm during the past 24 hours ending at 9am and was flowing 60cm above its Kurigram Point in Kurigram district at 9 am.

Following further fall in its water level by 5cm and 7cm at Nunkhawa and Chilmari points respectively, the river Brahmaputra was flowing 59cm and 70cm above its DM at Nunkhawa and Chilmari points respectively at 9am on Tuesday.

Water level of Jamuna River marked rise at five points—Fulchari (5cm), Bahadurabad (6cm), Sariyakandi (8cm), Kazipur (12cm), and Sirajganj (13) flowing 83cm, 86cm, 66cm, 70cm, and 41cm above DM at those points respectively while it may cross its DM at Aricha point in the next 24 hours.

In the Brahmaputra basin, Ghaghot River was flowing 53cm above DM at Gaibandha point, Atrai River 21cm at Baghabari point, Dhaleshwari River 19cm at Elasin at 9 am.

Meanwhile, the Teesta marked a fall during the last 24 hours by 12cm at Dalia point and was flowing 10cm below the DM there at 9am on Tuesday, improving the overall flood situation in Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat.

Two boy  cross a submerged road in Sunamganj after a flood hit the region recently on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | Dhaka Tribune

In the Meghna basin, Surma River was flowing 13cm and 15cm above its DM at Kanaighat and Sunamganj points respectively with 32cm and 18cm fall receptively while Old Surma was flowing 18cm above at Derai point with 15cm rise at 9am.

In Padma on Ganges or Padma basin, among the three major river basins of the country, water was flowing 20cm above the danger marks at Goalundo point with the rise of 21cm in the last 24 hours till 9am while it may cross DM at Bhagyakul point in the next 48 hours.

Water levels of all major rivers in Padma Basin are rising and it may continue in the next 48 hours.

According to FFWC, no rainfall was recorded in the north-eastern Indian states in the upstream during the past 24 hours till 9am on Tuesday.

In the downstream during that period, the recorded rainfalls were 90 mm at Thakurgaon, 85mm at Lalakhal, 75mm at Chhatak, 63 at Kanaighat, 53mm at Sherpur-Sylhet, and 52mm at Barguna stations.

Meanwhile, the government has launched relief operations as the current spate of deluge has exposed thousands of people to sufferings following the inundation of vast low-lying areas in the affected districts in the upper Brahmaputra basin.

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