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Flood situation mostly stable in Brahmaputra basin

  • Published at 02:06 pm September 26th, 2020
Brahmaputra river water level lowering
File photo BSS

The steady trend might continue during the next 24 hours

The flood situation remained mostly stable as water levels of major rivers marked both rise and fall during the last 24 hours ending at 9am Saturday in the Brahmaputra basin.

Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) officials said the flood situation might remain steady despite possibility of moderate to heavy rains in both the upstream and downstream of the basin during the next 24 hours.

According to BWDB’s Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) bulletin, the Brahmaputra-Jamuna river systems are in a steady trend now and the trend might continue during the next 24 hours.

The FFWC bulletin said moderate to heavy rain was recorded in the country’s northern and northeastern regions and adjacent northeastern Indian states in the upstream during the past 24 hours.

“The recorded rainfalls during the period ending at 9am Saturday were 202mm at Cherrapunji, 99mm at Pasighat, 84mm at Jalpaiguri, 59mm at Dhubri and 36mm at Darjeeling points in northwestern Indian states,” the bulletin added.

Besides, the recorded rainfalls were 96mm at Dalia in Nilphamari, 109mm at Panchagarh, 110mm at Thakurgaon, 71mm at Dinajpur, 45mm at Chilmari in Kurigram and 49mm at Gaibandha points during the period.

Chief Engineer for Rangpur Zone of BWDB Jyoti Prosad Ghosh told BSS that heavy rains in recent days have created a temporary flood-like situation at low-lying areas of Rangpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram and Gaibandha districts.

He hoped the short-term flood-like situation is likely to start as the rate of onrushing hilly water might reduce with weakening of seasonal rains both in the upstream and downstream in the Brahmaputra basin improving in the next 48 to 72 hours.

“There is no report of breaching of flood control embankments anywhere in Rangpur division under the zone. We are closely monitoring the situation and ensuring safety of flood control structures,” Ghosh said.

BWDB officials said water levels of the Dharla fell by 14cm at Kurigram while Jamuna rose by 7cm at Sariakandi and the rivers were flowing above the danger mark by 32cm and 11cm at these points respectively at 9am Saturday.

However, water levels of the Teesta rose by 16cm at Dalia and fell by 22cm at Kawnia during the last 24 hours and were flowing below the danger mark by 8cm and 45cm respectively at these points while water levels of the Brahmaputra fell by 8cm at Noonkhawa and rose 7cm at Chilmari points during the period and were flowing below the danger mark by 84cm and 35cm respectively.

Besides, water levels of the Jamuna fell by 4cm at Fulchhari and 3cm at Bahadurabad while rose by 5cm at Kazipur and 9cm at Sirajganj points during the last 24 hours.

The Jamuna was flowing below the danger mark by 26cm at Fulchhari, 24cm at Bahadurabad, 1cm at Kazipur and 10cm at Sirajganj points at 9am Saturday.

Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) Zakir Hossain said the district and upazila administrations are closely monitoring the situation to take necessary steps, if needed, anywhere in Rangpur division.

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