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Swelling rivers spell floods in N’region

Published : Sunday, 16 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 118

Water level is gradually rising in the main rivers in the northern part of the country due to water coming from upstream and widespread rainfall in the region for the past few days. According to the flood bulletin of Flood Forecast and Warning Centre (FFWC), three different rivers in the country were flowing above danger levels at certain points on Tuesday. The Jamuna river was flowing 13cm above danger level at Sariakandi ( Bagura), the Dhaleswari river was flowing 2cm at Alasin (Tangail) and the Sameswari river was flowing 5cm above danger level at Kamolakand( Netrokona) on Saturday.

Talking to the Daily Observer, Md Arifuzzaman Bhuyan, Executive Director of FFWC, said the water level of the Brahmaputra -Jamuna and Ganges-Padma rivers is still rising and will continue to rise in the next few days more.  He also noted that the downstream of Northern region including Bagura, Jamalpur, Sirajgang and Gaibandha districts could be inundated within the next 48 hours.

"The rivers in these areas could burst its banks anytime soon. The offshore islands and char areas of the nearby rivers could be submerged," he said. Besides, other districts of the northern region could likely be flooded but the duration of the flooding will not sustain for long, he noted.

Earlier, Arifuzzaman, said most of the Indian northeast - especially Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal states - have been experiencing heavy downpours for the past few days. The Indian Meteorological Department has forecast that the rainfall in its north-eastern zone will continue for at least another two days. The June to August period is monsoon season in South Asia. During this period, heavy to very heavy rainfall is the normal trend across the whole catchment of rivers, from their origins in northern India to Bangladesh, where they empty into the Bay of Bengal.

Abdur Rahman, a meteorologist at the Met Office, said monsoon was fairly active over most of Bangladesh and rain was expected at most places in Rangpur, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions. He also noted that under the influence of the land depression, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Cox's Bazar, Chittagong, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Bhola, Barisal, Patuakhali, Jhalakathi, Pirojpur, Barguna, Bagherhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by wind driven surge of 1 to 2 feet height above normal astronomical tide, the bulletin said.

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