Floodwaters are receding now from the low-lying areas where a flood-like situation was created by monsoon rains
Major rivers marked fall at most points in absence of monsoon rain in the last 24 hours till Sunday morning in the Brahmaputra basin. While the overall flood situation in the Ganges basin remained steady as water levels in many of its rivers and tributaries recorded a rising and falling trend in the past 24 hours ending Sunday.
The Brahmaputra, Dharla, Karotoa and Jamuna were flowing below their respective danger marks at all other monitoring points of BWDB in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Jamalpur, Bogra and Sirajganj districts.
However, water levels of the Jamuna were still flowing above the danger mark at Sariakandi point in Bogra despite a fall by 10cm there during the last 24 hours.
Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) officials said however with improvements in flood-like situation, incidents of sporadic riverbank erosion were also reported at some vulnerable points in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Jamalpur and Sirajganj districts in the basin.
Chief Engineer for Rangpur Zone of BWDB Jyoti Prosad Ghosh said the flood-like situation is showing an improving trend that might continue during the next 24 hours in the basin.
“All flood control embankments are remaining safe under Rangpur zone of BWDB while some sporadic incidents of riverbank erosion have been reported from fewer places alongside major rivers and riverbank protection works are continuing at places,” he said.
Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said the fourth phase of the deluge has submerged standing crops on 5,858 hectares of land in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and Rangpur districts in Rangpur agriculture region.
“However, the extent of crop damages might be very little as the floodwaters are reseeding speedily within three to four days of submergence now,” Additional Director of the DAE for Rangpur region Muhammad Ali told BSS today.
Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) Zakir Hossain said floodwaters are receding now from the low-lying areas where a flood-like situation was created by monsoon rains and the district administrations are closely monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, of the 30 river points, monitored in the Ganges basin, water levels increased at 16 points while receded at 11 points and remained stable at three other points, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).
However, the rivers were still flowing below the danger level at 29 points while above the danger level at one point today like the previous day.
Local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) recorded a falling trend at Pankha in Chapainawabganj and at Rajshahi points, while rising trend at Hardinge Bridge and at Talbaria Points of the Ganges River.
The BWDB office also recorded a rising trend at two points of the Padma River, while rising at one point and remained stable at another point of the river.
FFWC Executive Engineer Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan said a falling trend has been recorded at all the six points of the Jamuna River further except one. The river was still flowing above the danger level at Sariakandi in Bogura, while below the danger level at Kazipur in Sirajganj and Sirajganj points.