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Floods: Water levels of all major rivers falling

  • Published at 08:02 pm August 5th, 2020
File photo: Houses sub-merged in flood water in Munshiganj on Monday, July 27, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Low pressure zone to make landfall in Odisha on Wednesday night.

The situation may improve in all flood-affected districts of Bangladesh as the water levels of all major rivers of the country is falling, according to the Flood Forecast and Warning Centre (FFWC)

As of 9am on Wednesday, 35 out of 101 water level monitoring stations of the country saw water levels rise while 62 saw it decrease. Water levels at the remaining four stations were unchanged.

The water levels of 15 rivers were still flowing above the danger mark at 24 monitoring stations across the country, but the water levels had decreased at 16 of them as of Wednesday morning. The water level at seven out of the 24 stations rose while it remained unchanged at one.

According to the FFWC, the situation may improve in Gaibandha, Bogra, Jamalpur, Shirajganj, Tangail, Naogaon, Natore, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Faridpur, Madaripur, Chandpur, Rajbari, Shariatpur, Dhaka and Narayanganj in next 24 hours due to the falling water levels. 

Water levels of the rivers surrounding Dhaka remain unchanged and are unlikely to change in the next 24 hours, however, the situation at low-land areas of the Dhaka city corporations are still likely to improve, according to the FFWC.

“Water level of the Brahmaputra and Jamuna is decreasing, which will continue in the next 72 hours. Water level of all the rivers of the Meghna basin in the north-eastern region is also falling, and it will continue so in the next 48 hours,” the FFWC forecast said. 

The water level of the Ganges has been unchanged for the last few days, but the water level of the Padma started to decrease from Tuesday. The decreasing trend will continue for the next 24 hours, though the Ganges river will remain stable during the period, the forecast added. 

Abdul Mannan, a meteorologist of Bangladesh Meteorological Department, told Dhaka Tribune: “There will be more rainfall in the next two-three days compared to the last few days, but we are not forecasting heavy or very heavy rainfall across the country. One or two places in the southern part of the country may face heavy to very heavy rainfall.” 

Low pressure zone to make landfall in Odisha Wednesday night 

At 9am on Wednesday, the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) said a low-pressure zone over the north bay and adjoining area intensified into a well-marked low-pressure zone and now lies over the northwest bay and adjoining North Odisha - West Bengal - Bangladesh coast. Moreover, the monsoon is active over Bangladesh and strong over the North Bay.

The low-pressure zone is expected to make landfall in Odisha, India on Wednesday night. 

Under the influence of the low pressure and strong monsoon over the north bay, squally weather may affect maritime ports in coastal areas of Bangladesh. 

Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to keep hoisting a local cautionary signal number three. 

All fishing boats and trawlers over the north bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice. 

BMD has also warned of some rain across the country. Light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty winds is likely to occur at most places over Khulna, Barishal, Chattogram, Dhaka and Rajshahi divisions, and at a few places over Rangpur, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions, with moderately heavy to very heavy falls at places in the southern part of the country. 

Meteorologist Abdul Mannan said: “The low pressure zone will make landfall in Odisha on Wednesday night. Rainfall may increase a little because of this.”

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