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Flood hits 20 districts, may inundate more

  • Published at 08:10 pm July 23rd, 2020
Munshiganj Flood
File photo: Floodwater has inundated a village at Louhajang upazila in Munshiganj, making access to food and safe water extremely difficult for the villagers. The photo was taken on Thursday, July 23, 2020 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Water levels of different rivers will start receding from Monday, says FFWC

As many as 20 districts – including the latest additions Chandpur, Brahmanbaria, and Naogaon – have so far been hit with the worsening flood situation across Bangladesh and many more areas might be inundated if the situation does not improve soon, said Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

According to the bulletin issued with data till 9am Thursday, the situation may further worsen in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Natore, Bogra, Jamalpur, Sirajganj, Tangail, and Naogaon in the next 24 hours and the rising trend in water level of Brahmaputra and Jamuna will continue for the next 72 hours.  

Meanwhile, the flood situation in Sylhet, Sunamganj, Brahmanbaria, Netrokona, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Faridpur, Madaripur, Chandpur, Rajbari, Shariatpur, and Dhaka may remain unchanged.

Moreover, Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) forecasts that heavy to very heavy rainfall will occur all over the country in the next 24 hours, which will contribute to raising the water level of rivers further.

However, Dhaka and Rajshahi divisions may face less rainfall compared to the past few days, added BMD.  

Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, Arifuzzaman Bhuyan, executive engineer at the FFWC, said: “Three to four more districts of northern and central regions may get inundated in the next two to three days. 

“Water levels of different rivers will start declining from Monday. But as water needs some time to flow into the Bay of Bengal, the flood may remain till the beginning of August.”

People in Kurigram, Sunamganj, and Tangail continue to suffer

In Kurigram, water levels in 16 rivers including Brahmaputra, Dharla, and Teesta have increased again.

According to the local Water Development Board (WDB), as of Thursday 12pm, Brahmaputra was flowing at 64cm above the danger level at the Chilmari point, 57cm above at Nunkhawa point, while the water flow in Dharla River was 91cm above the danger level at Bridge point.

Residents of different chars in the district are now staying in different shelters while some are living in their boats for the past one month. 

A total of 300,000 people of 56 unions have been marooned by the flood in the district.

In Sunamganj, Thousands of people have been suffering in 11 upazilas of the district for over a month due to the flood. 

Although the floodwater witnessed rise and fall repeatedly, the affected people saw no respite from their sufferings. 

According to the district administration's office, 13,418 people are currently staying at the district’s 348 flood and cyclone shelters and over 125,804 people have been affected by the flood and so far, at least three people have died. 

The local authority till Thursday, distributed 917 metric tons of rice, and 3,600 packets of dry food as food aid and disbursed Tk5,170,000 as financial assistance among the flood-affected people in the district.

In Tangail, water levels of four rivers including Jamuna and Dhaleshwari have been flowing above the danger mark and the ongoing flood situation has kept more than 150,000 people marooned and 3,839 hectares of croplands underwater.

As of Thursday, at least 737 houses and other infrastructures got fully devoured by Jamuna River. Whereas, and as many as 17,456 infrastructures, including houses, were partially damaged by river erosion.

In Jamalpur, two more children drowned after accidentally falling into floodwaters in separate incidents on Thursday.

The deceased were identified as Sohan Miah, 6, and Mahin Miah 11.

Bakshiganj upazila UNO Jamshed Khondokar confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

Families of the deceased were provided with Tk5,000 cash aid each by the local administration.

Flood affected people in this district have claimed that many haven't received any support from the government as yet.

Weather forecast

BMD in its bulletin at 9am on Thursday said monsoon was active over Bangladesh and strong over the North Bay.

As a result, in the next 24 hours, light to moderate rain/thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at most places over Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong, Dhaka, and Rajshahi divisions.

Moderately heavy to very heavy rainfall is also likely at different places around the country, BMD added.

Meanwhile, in a marine warning issued on Wednesday, the Met Office had asked the maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla, and Payra to hoist local cautionary signal No 3.

The warning was issued as, under the influence of strong monsoon, squally weather may affect the ports, North Bay, and the adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh.

All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay were advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution until further notice.

Water level

As many as 20 rivers were flowing above the danger mark at 30 water level monitoring stations across the country, leading to flooding in 20 districts so far, confirmed FFWC.

Of the 101 monitoring stations, 57 recorded a rising trend in the water level of different rivers at 9am, 43 stations observed a decreasing trend, and one remained unchanged.

The water level of the Brahmaputra and Jamuna River was rising and may continue the trend for the next 72 hours. 

The water level of the upper Meghna basin except Kushiara in the north-eastern region is decreasing, and will remain unchanged in the next 24 hours, FFWC added.

Ganges and Padma rivers were stable in the last 24 hours and may remain that way in the next 48 hours.

Currently, Padma River is flowing 100cm above the danger mark at Goalondu point, 67cm at Bhagyakul, 60cm at Mawa, and 35cm at Sureshwar point. 

Rivers surrounding Dhaka rising

The water level of rivers surrounding Dhaka is increasing, which may continue for the next 48 hours. The water level of the Balu river may cross the danger line at Demra point in the next 24 hours.

The water level of the Balu River rose by 2cm in the last 24 hours at Demra point. It was flowing at only 1cm below the mark at 9am Thursday.

Lakhya River, or Shitalakshya, was flowing 20cm above the danger level at Narayanganj point at the same time. The water level in the river rose by 10cm in the last 24 hours.

The water level in Turag River, which rose 2cm in the last 24 hours, was flowing 15cm below the danger mark at Mirpur point at 9am. Also, Tongi Khal (canal) was flowing 18cm below the mark at Tongi point. The water level in the canal rose by 5cm in the last 24 hours.

However, the water level in the Buriganga River is still stable and remains below the danger level.

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