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15 July, 2019 01:59:06 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 15 July, 2019 01:52:25 PM
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Flood may worsen in 9 dists

Netrakona, Sunamganj, Sylhet, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Jamalpur, Gaibandha, Bogura and Sirajganj most affected
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka with our Correspondents
Flood may worsen in 9 dists
People of Delipar village in Chinaduli union under Islampur upazila of Jamalpur shift their belongings to safe places yesterday as the village, like many neighbourhoods in seven upazilas of the district, reels under flood water. Focusbangla photo

The overall flood situation in nine districts — Netrakona, Sunamganj, Sylhet, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Jamalpur, Gaibandha, Bogura and Sirajganj — is likely to deteriorate in the next 24 hours as all the major rivers kept rising. Waters in 14 rivers was flowing above danger level at 25 points yesterday, according to sources in the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

 

The rivers include Surma, Kushiara, Manu, Dhalai, Khowai, Someshwari, Kangsa, Dharla, Teesta, Ghagot, Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Sangu and Matamuhuri. The rivers of Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Ganges-Padma basins may continue to rise in the next 72 hours. The Jamuna River in Sirajganj may cross the danger level in next 24 hours, said the sources in the FFWC.

Our correspondents from Lalmonirhat, Jamalpur and Noakhali said the flood situation in most of the districts remains unchanged and the affected people have been suffering due to non-availability of adequate relief.

When contacted, FFWC executive engineer Md Arifuzzaman said the rising water level due to heavy rains and onrush of water from the upstream is likely to start reducing at the end of this week. “We don’t apprehend any major flood at this moment. However, we’re monitoring the situation,” he said.

He also said the rising water level of the rivers during the rainy season, particularly in July and August, is not unusual as the season witnesses excessive rain in the upstream as well as inside the country.

He further said the north-eastern, northern and north-central parts of the country are flooded as Assam, Meghalaya, and Jalpaiguri in India experienced heavy rains for the past few

days, while several eastern districts, including Bandarbans, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar and Noakhali, are flooded due to heavy rain.

The other flood-hit districts include Gaibandha, Bogura, Habiganj, Sherpur, Feni where new areas are inundated and thousands of people have become marooned.

Iftekharul Alam, director of relief, said adequate relief, including cash and dry food, have already been sent to the affected districts.

Our Lalmonirhat correspondent reports that the flood situation in five upazilas of the district remains unchanged in the last 24 hours as most of the rivers like Teesta and Dharla and Brahmaputra are flowing above their respective danger levels at different points.

The waters of most of the Teesta, Saniajan and Dharla, Dudkumer and the Brahmaputra rose due to incessant rain and upstream water from India. More than 20,000 families from 17 unions out of 45 unions under five upazilas have been marooned by flood water.

According to Teesta barrage sources, the water level at the Dalia point of the Teesta River rose 52.80cm—it flowed 20cm above the danger level at 3pm yesterday.

Sources in Water Development Board (WDB) of Kurigram said the Dharla is flowing 81cm above the danger level at

the Kurigram point and 20cm above at the Kawnia point. The Brahmaputra was flowing 80cm above the danger level at the Nunkhawa point and 73cm above at the Chilmari point at 3 pm yesterday.

Visiting some areas of Mohishkhocha union of Aditmari upazilla yesterday, this correspondent saw some villagers moving to safer places after massive erosion by the Teesta caused panic in the area. “About 50 families have been moved to safer areas,” said Mosaddek Hosen, chairman of the union.

Kabir Bin Anowar, secretary of the water resources ministry, visited the affected areas of Hatibandha and Aditmari upazillas and saw the impacts of the erosion.

MK

 

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