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POST TIME: 4 July, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Met office forecasts heavy rains, floods
Low-lying areas in Sylhet inundated
Special Correspondent

Met office forecasts heavy rains, floods

In the backdrop of 6.3 per cent more than normal rainfall in June, barring Dhaka, Rajshahi and Mymensingh Divisions where there was less than normal precipitation, the country may have short, mid-term flooding in the northern, central and north-eastern regions, the Met Office has said in a long-range forecast for the month. Already, trouble has started brewing in the north-east, where waters from a rising Surma River flowing above its danger level(DL) has started reaching the low-lying areas of Sylhet city since early yesterday, reports from there said.

A report by the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said yesterday the major rivers of the country were rising. The water levels of the north-eastern rivers like Surma, Kushiyara, and south-eastern hilly rivers like Muhuri, Halda, Sangu and Matamuhuri may rise rapidly in the next 24 to 48 hours.

The Surma was flowing 56cm above the danger level (DL) at Kanaighat, in Sylhet, after rising by 5cm yesterday morning. At Sunamganj, the Surma was flowing 48cm above its DL.

The Kushiyara is known as the twin of Surma, because both rivers carry the flow of the Barak River, which comes down from north-east India’s Manipur state. The Surma and Kushiyara flow into the Meghna River.

The FFWC has warned, quoting both the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) and the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), that there would be heavy to very heavy rainfall in the northern region in the next 24 hours and in the north-eastern, south-eastern regions of the country in the next 24 hours along with the adjoining Indian

parts. The FFWC further warned that the water levels of the Dharala, Teesta, Dudhkumar and Ghagot rivers in the northern region may rise rapidly in the next 24 hours. Water Development Board (WDB) executive engineer from Sylhet Md Sirajul Islam told The Independent yesterday afternoon that the rising Surma had already inundated the low-lying areas of the Sylhet city and the rising trend was persisting, he said. The Sunamganj district town was also feeling the brunt of the Surma’s rising water. The Haors or huge wetlands that retain the waters of the Surma have already come under excess water. Their levels were also rising, he added.