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12 August, 2017 12:42:11 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 12 August, 2017 08:41:51 AM
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Rain triggers landslide fear in Sylhet, CHT

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Rain triggers landslide fear in Sylhet, CHT
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Heavy to very heavy rain in different parts of the country, especially over the hills of Sylhet and  the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT), may trigger landslides until 10am today, the Met Office has warned. The rain, forced by an active monsoon, may continue intermittently until Wednesday.

Heavy showers and the onrush of water down the hills across the border have already swelled the Jadukata river in Sunamganj. It was flowing 118cm above its danger level (DL) yesterday morning. It supplememted an already swollen Surma in Sunamganj, which was flowing 47cm above its DL, overflowing its banks and threatening locals with a second spell of flooding within a couple of months.

The Surma, carrying all the extra load of water from the Barak river in Manipur of north-eastern India, had been rising steadily and might still continue to rise in the next 72 hours, the Flood forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said yesterday.

The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Ganges-Padma are likely to rise with the heavy rain acorss the country.

Howver, the Kushiyara river has become steady in the next 24 hours, the FFWC stated in its river situation report yesterday.

The Surma and the Kushiyara had wreaked havoc along a vast area of Sylhet, Sunamganj and MaulviBazar in June. At that time, the two river, swollen by the water of the haors, spilled over their banks.

The FFWC said the Ganges and the Brahmaputra may shot up the Padma and the Jamuna as they are likely to rise in the next 72 hours.

Meanwhile, Sitakunda was lashed by 171mm of overnight rain, the highest in the country, and recorded more rain till 12 noon. As much as 73mm of rain was recorded in Rangamati, raising fears of landslides among those living under the hills.

 

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