Floods may prolong

Water level of the rivers is rising around Dhaka

  • আপডেট টাইম : August 17 2020, 14:55
Floods may prolong

Amdadul Haque:

In the last two days, the rainfall has increased and the river water has started rising again, BWDB officials are fearing floods again at the end of August.

The rivers around Dhaka overflowed and flooded the lower part of the capital in July. In the last 15 days, water has started receding from the flood-hit areas including the capital.

At the same time, floods in the northern and eastern parts of the country have been prolonged in three phases since last June.

The Flood Forecasting & Warning Centre (FFWC) of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said that there is a possibility of another flood in the lower part of Dhaka. The reason given is that the water of Turag river at Mirpur point and Dhaleshwari river at Rekabi point may increase.

Besides, there is a possibility of increase water level in Shitalakhya River at Narayanganj point. The water level of other stations of the rivers around Dhaka can remain stable.

In particular, Chilmari in Kurigram district, Sariakandi in Bogra district, Fulchhari in Gaibandha district, Sirajganj and Kazipur in Sirajganj district, Bahadurabad in Jamalpur district, Elasin in Tangail district and Aricha Point in Manikganj district are exceeding the danger level.

Besides, the water of Shitalakshya river in Narayanganj has been rising for the last two days.

The Meteorological Department’s long-term forecast said the flood situation in the north and east of the country could improve and return to normal by the middle of this month.

However, heavy rains may occur again at the end of the month due to monsoon winds. Heavy rains could cause short-term floods in the north, northeast and southeast of the country.

According to the Flood Forecasting & Warning Centre (FFWC), the water level in the Jamuna and Brahmaputra is rising. The water level of Padma and Ganges is stable. The water of these rivers may remain stable for the next 24 hours.

On the other hand, water is rising in the Upper Meghna Basin in the northeast, which may continue for the next 24 hours. The water level of 51 flat stations under observation is increasing.

The forecast for the next 10 days says the Brahmaputra and Jamuna water level could rise. As a result, within the next five days, the water levels in Chilmari in Kurigram, Sariakandi in Bogra, Fulchhari in Gaibandha, Sirajganj Sadar and Kazipur, Bahadurabad in Jamalpur, Elasin in Tangail and Aricha Point in Manikganj may cross the danger line.

The water of the Ganges basin may rise also. As a result, in the next 24 hours, the water level at Goalanda Point in Rajbari may cross the danger line.

Besides, water may rise at Bhagyakul Point in Munshiganj and Sureshwar Point in Shariatpur. The water at these two points could cross the danger line on Tuesday.

Flood Forecasting and Warning Center Executive Engineer of Water Development Board (WDB) Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan said that the water level of Brahmaputra and Jamuna river is increasing. The Ganges and Padma river water may also increase.

He further said, “monsoon winds are active over Bangladesh and strong conditions prevail in the North Bay. Most parts of Dhaka, Khulna, Barisal, Chittagong and Sylhet and many places in Rangpur, Rajshahi and Mymensingh divisions may experience light to moderate rain with thundershowers.”

“At the same time, there may be moderate to heavy rains in some parts of the country,” Bhuiyan added.

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