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Floods in northern districts likely to continue

Update : 11 Jul 2017, 07:48 PM
Monsoon floods that have left the country’s several northern districts submerged will likely continue for next three to four days, Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said. Water levels in the Brahmaputra and Jamuna rivers are rising, and the trend is likely to continue for next 48 hours, according to a FFWC bulletin issued on Tuesday. “The rivers’ water levels are dependent on the quantity of water flowing downstream from its sources. As upstream parts of the Brahmaputra river have been experiencing heavy to very heavy rainfall for the last couple of days, the water is flowing downstream and into low-lying areas near the river,” FFWC Executive Engineer Sazzad Hossain said. At the same time, large areas in the Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya have submerged due to heavy incessant rain showers since the end of the last month. Meanwhile, the Indian meteorological department said in its Tuesday’s weather forecast that the rainfall in the states is likely to continue until Wednesday. “Based on the forecast, we might be able to say how long the rising water levels in the Brahmaputra will remain steady, and how much time it will take time to drain rising waters out of the river,” Sazzad said.Marooned in floodwater, people trying to relocate their properties in Kurigram sadar upazila. The photo was taken on Tuesday DHAKA Marooned in floodwater, people trying to relocate their properties in Kurigram sadar upazila. The photo was taken on Tuesday Dhaka TribuneA total of 13 measuring stations of Bangladesh show that rivers are flowing above the danger level. And, in the Brahmaputra and Jamuna rivers, water is seen flowing above the danger level at measuring points. Of them, Bahadurabad points flow above 64cm, Sariakandi above 40cm, Sirajganj above 45cm and Chilmari above 23cm of the danger level. However, other important river systems including the Surma-Kushiyara show that rising water levels have been coming down to the normal level since Monday. The FFWC also said the falling trend in this river system is likely to continue further as the region has experienced less precipitation in the last 72 hours. By contrast, the Ganges, commonly known as the Padma in Bangladesh, has seen a rising trend over the last few days, which will likely continue in next 24 hours. “If the rising trend will continue in the Ganges for next four or so days, the country’s central region including the low-lying areas in Dhaka may experience flooding,” the FFWC official said. The Indian Met Office issued heavy rainfall warnings for India’s Uttarakhand, Uttarpradesh and Bihar states in next two days. But the possibility of a flood depends on how much water both river systems – the Brahmaputra and the Ganges – receive from the upstream and drain it out at their meeting point in Goalando of Rajbari, he added.
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