• Thursday, Aug 13, 2020
  • Last Update : 11:28 pm

Flood situation remains unchanged in Brahmaputra basin

  • Published at 06:00 pm August 2nd, 2020
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People commute haphazardly due to lack of other modes of transportation in flood-hit Kurigram district Dhaka Tribune

Floodwaters inundated standing crops 12,294 hectares of land in Rangpur with the possibility of more crop damages due to prolonged submergence in the region

The flood situation remained mostly unchanged with a little rising trend of the water levels in major rivers continued during the last 24 hours ending at 9am on Sunday in eight flood-hit northern districts under Brahmaputra basin.

According to BWDB’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) water levels of the Dharla marked fall by 1cm at Kurigram while Ghagot rose by 2cm at Gaibandha and Brahmaputra marked a little rise by 1cm at Noonkhawa and 2cm at Chilmari points in Kurigram district during the period.

Besides, water levels of the Jamuna marked a rise by 10cm at Fulchhari, 3cm at Bahadurabad, 8cm at Sariakandi, 5cm at Kazipur and 4cm at Sirajganj points while Teesta rose by 4cm at Dalia and fell by 4cm at Kawnia points during the same time.

“The overall flood situation may remain unchanged in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogura, Jamalpur and Sirajganj districts in the next 24 hours under the Brahmaputra basin,” the FFWC bulletin added.

BWDB officials said the major rivers were still flowing above the danger mark at nine points of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogra and Sirajganj districts at 9am on Sunday.

The Brahmaputra was flowing only 3cm above its danger marks at Noonkhawa and 28cm at Chilmari while Dharla 44cm at Kurigram and Ghagot 29cm above the danger marks at Gaibandha points while the Jamuna was flowing above the danger marks by 48cm at Fulchhari, 56cm at Bahadurabad, 61cm at Sariakandi, 32cm at Kazipur and 38cm at Sirajganj points during the same time.

“Meanwhile, the Teesta was flowing below its danger marks by 6cm at Dalia and 24cm at Kawnia points at 9am on Sunday,” Executive Engineer of the Rangpur Division of BWDB Md. Mehedi Hasan told BSS this afternoon.

Executive Engineers Ariful Islam for Kurigram and Lalmonirhat Divisions of BWDB and Mokhlesur Rahman for its Gaibandha Division said protections works of riverbanks at several vulnerable points alongside major rivers were continuing in these districts.

Additional Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension for Rangpur region Muhammad Ali said floodwaters inundated standing crops 12,294 hectares of land with the possibility of more crop damages due to prolonged submergence in the region.

Divisional Commissioner KM Tariqul Islam said massive relief activities are continuing in flood-hit areas of Rangpur, Nilphamari, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha districts in Rangpur division to reduce sufferings of flood-affected people.

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