BSS-45 Flood may remain steady in six districts, improve in two





Flood may remain steady in six districts, improve in two

DHAKA, June 30, 2020 (BSS)- Flood sudation in six northern and northeastern districts of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bagura, Sirajganj, Jamalpur and Tangail in Brahmaputra basin is likely to remain steady while it may improve in two northeastern districts of Sylhet and Sunamganj in Meghna basin in the next 24 hours.

As the water levels in major rivers in Brahmaputra-Jamuna basin remain steady till 9am of today and it may continue in the next 48 hours, the flood situation is likely to stay steady in six northern and north eastern districts, said a bulletin of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC) of BWDB.

It said the water levels in major rivers in Meghna or Surma-Kushiyara basin marked fall in the last 24 hours and it may continue in next 48 hours, so the flood situation in northern districts of Sylhet and Sunamganj is likely to improve.

Thousands of people in 10 northern and northeastern districts including Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari and Netrokona along with the eight districts have been bearing the spikes of floods due to the onrush of water from the upstream in two major Brahmaputra and Meghna basins in the last several days.

Water levels are flowing above danger marks (DM) at 15 points – 11 in Brahmaputra and three in Meghna and one in Padma basin- till 9am today as water levels at 63 river stations out of total 101, monitored by FFWC, have marked rise while 36 stations recorded fall and two others steady.

The major rivers were flowing above the danger marks (DM) at 11 points of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Jamalpur, Bogura and Sirajganj in spite of falling in their water levels during the past 24 hours till 9am today.

In Brahmaputra basin the flood situation is getting normal in Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat with recession of flood water while showing an improving trend in Kurigram and Gaibandha, Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) Md. Zakir Hossain told BSS today.

Meanwhile, the district and upazila administrations in association with local public representatives are continuing relief activities among the affected people in the flood-hit districts, he said.

Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) Officials said water levels in the major rivers marked falls at all points with the receding rate of onrushing water from upstream in the last 24 hours and the trend might continue in the next 48 hours.

Water level of river Dharala marked a fall by 16cm during the past 24 hours ending at 9 am and was flowing 60cm above its Kurigram Point in Kurigram district at 9 am today.

Following further fall in its water level by 5cm and 7cm at Nunkhawa and Chilmari points respectively, the river Brahmaputra was flowing 59cm and 70c, above its DM at Nunkhawa and Chilmari points respectively at 9am.

Water level of river Jamuna marked rise of at five points–Fulchari (5cm), Bahadurabad (6cm), Sariyakandi (8cm), Kazipur (12cm) and Sirajganj (13) flowing 83cm, 86cm, 66cm, 70cm and 41cm above DM at those points respectively while it may cross its DM at Aricha point in the next 24 hours.

In the Brahmaputra basin, river Ghaghot was flowing 53cm above DM at Gaibandha point, Atrai 21cm at Baghabari point, Dhaleshwari 19cm at Elasin at 9 am today.

Meanwhile, the Teesta marked a fall during the last 24 hours by 12cm at Dalia point and was flowing 10cm below the DM there at 9am today improving the overall flood situation in Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat.

In Meghna basin, river Surma was flowing 13cm and 15cm above its DM at Kanaighat and Sunamganj points respectively with 32cm and 18cm fall receptively while Old Surma was flowing 18cm above at Derai point with 15cm rise at 9am today.

In Padma on Ganges or Padma basin, among the three major river basins of the country, water war flowing 20cm above the danger marks at Goalundo point with the rise of 21cm in the last 24 hours till 9am today while it may cross DM at Bhagyakul point in the next 28 hours.

Water levels of all major rivers in Padma Basin are in rising trend and it may continue in the next 48 hours.

According to FFWC, no rainfall was recorded in the northeastern Indian states in the upstream during the past 24 hours till 9am today.

In the downstream during that period, the recorded rainfalls were 90 mm at Thakurgaon, 85mm at Lalakhal, 75mm at Chhatak, 63 at Kanaighat, 53mm at Sherpur-Sylhet and 52mm at Barguna stations.

Meanwhile, the government has launched relief operations as the current spate of deluge exposed thousands of people to sufferings following inundation of vast low-lying areas in the affected districts in the upper Brahmaputra basin.

BSS/Asg/MKD/RY/20:18 hrs