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17 July, 2017 12:14:45 PM
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Padma swells as India opens Farakka barrage

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Padma swells as India opens Farakka barrage

Even though the fall in the water level of the Brahmaputra-Jamuna river system has improved the flood situation in the northern districts,  the central districts are feeling the bite of a rising Padma, which has flooded many low-lying areas in Faridpur, Shariatpur, Rajbari and Munshiganj downstream.

The Padma has swelled after the Indian authorities opened all gates of the Farakka barrage on the Ganges on Saturday, according to authoratative sources who wanted to remain anonymous.

The Ganges that takes the name of 'Padma' after entering Bangladesh at Chapainawabganj had been swelling for the past few days, after heavy showers at its upstream in northern India down the Himalayan foothills. The rising Padma has increased pressure on the Meghna that carries the joint flow of the Padma and the Jamuna on the retreat, causing heavy erosion downstream in Rajbari, Munshiganj and Brahmanbaria, reports said.

The Padma has become menacing in Faridpur, Shariatpur, Rajbari and Munshiganj. It was 25 cm above the danger level in Goalundo of Rajbari.

However, the Jamuna may continue to fall in the next 72 hours after wreaking havoc in Jamalpur, Sirajganj and Bogra, the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said. The river was flowing at 54 cm at Bahadurabad of Jamalpur yesterday afternoon, followed by 38 cm at Sariakandi in Bogra.

The Brahmaputra, which enters Bangladesh from Assam, was flowing only 2 cmabove the danger level at Chilmari in Kurigram yesterday. The flood situation has improved a little in the area.

The Jamuna and the Brahmaputra would continue falling in the next 72 hours, the FFWC said.

But the heavy rainfalls upstream have swelled the Surma and the Kushiyara, increasing the plight of the flood-affected people who have been suffering from fresh water and food shortage along with inadequate relief.

The rising Surma rose by 21 cm as it was flowing 62 cm above the danger level at Kanaighat, Sylhet, yesterday. The Kushiyara

was flowing 21 cm above its danger level in Amalshid, Sylhet, deteriorating the flood situation in Sylhet, Sunamganj and Maulvibazar, reports said.

S/H Ferry services disrupted at Paturia, Daulatdia and Shimulia following strong currents in the Jamuna and the Padma.

Hundreds of vehicles remained stranded as they awaited for their passage to cross the Padma at both the Paturia and Daulatdia on two sides of the river, leading to long tailbacks on both sides, BIWTC sources reported.

The old ferry boats were unable to negotiate the strong currents of Jamuna and the Padma between Paturia and Daulatdia, the sources added.

The situation was no better downstream at Shimulia, where the Padma assumed a menacing form. Even launches and other boats carrying passengers were finding it difficult to negotiate the fast currents of the river in spate.

Besides thousands of passengers, more than 500 vehicles were awaiting their turn to cross the river yesterday till the filing of the report.

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