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16 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Fresh floods feared as major rivers set to swell again

Special Correspondent, Dhaka
Fresh floods feared as major rivers set to swell again

All major rivers in the south-eastern and north-eastern regions, except the Brahmaputra and the Jamuna, will swell rapidly in the next 24 hours due to heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the upstream. According to sources, there are possibilities of another spell of floods in various places in the country, though officials of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (WDB) have dismissed the possibility of any major flood recurrence.

The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) has predicted that if heavy rainfall continues for the next 72 hours, rivers are likely to cross their respective danger levels. After monitoring the water levels of different rivers at 93 points, the FFWC has found that rivers are on the rise at 41 points.

Meanwhile, a meteorologist of the Bangladesh Met Office has forecast that light to moderate rainfall is likely to occur in various places across the country in the next 72 hours. The Indian Met Office predicts heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the next 96 hours at places over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal, Sikkim, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya.

“Monsoon is active over Bangladesh and hence rivers are likely to swell. But there is no fear of any major floods in the country,” Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of the FFWC, told The Independent yesterday.

When asked about the heavy rainfall in the upstream of Bangladesh, a WDB official said: “The river water levels in Bangladesh will cross their respective danger marks if heavy rainfall continues for 72 hours in the upstream region.”

Waters of the Brahmaputra and Jamuna rivers are falling, he said, adding that the Ganga and Padma are in a steady state. According to Bhuiyan, the major rivers in the south-eastern and north-eastern regions will rise rapidly in the next 24 hours. “Waters of the Surma, Kushiyara, Kangsha, Manu, Khowai, Tista, Dharla and the Dudhkumar are likely to rise rapidly,” he said.

Medium to heavy rainfall may occur in the north-eastern region, along with Meghalaya, and in the northern region, along with northern West Bengal, in India in the next 24 hours, Shahinul Islam, said a meteorologist of the Bangladesh Met Office. According to the BMD official, the current rainy spell is likely to persist for the next three to four days as monsoon happens to be active over Bangladesh.

Light to moderate rain/thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at many places over Rangpur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Barishal, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Chattogram and Sylhet divisions, with moderately heavy to heavy rainfall at places over the country, he said in reply to a query.

The axis of the monsoon trough runs through Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh of India. The centre of the low runs through Bihar and West Bengal, up to Assam, of India across the central part of Bangladesh.

One of its associated troughs extends up to the Northwest Bay, Islam said.

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