Flood situation improves

Water level of all major rivers receding

The overall flood situation has improved across the country as water flows in the Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Padma rivers are in falling trend while the Ganges river is in steady state, according to information provided by the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

The prevailing situation might remain stable in the next 72 hours, said the FFWC in a bulletin on 26 August.

Major rivers of the upper Meghna basin in the country’s north-eastern region are also in falling trend and it may continue to recede in the next 24 hours.

The FFWC forecast that the flood situation in the low-lying areas of Manikganj, Rajbari and Faridpur districts would improve in the next 24 hours.

Of the total 101 river points monitored in the country, water levels went up at 24 stations, while decreased at 72 stations and remained stable at five points. The water is flowing above the danger level at only two points in the country, the FFWC data showed.

Meanwhile, water level in Brahmaputra-Jamuna river system may steadily fall during the next 7 days, said the latest flood outlook of the FFWC issued on Tuesday.

Water level at Elasin station in Tangail is falling and flood situation in Tangail may last till August 28. During the next 10 days, there is no significant probability of flooding (water level exceeding danger level) at other stations of Brahmaputra basin.

The flood outlook also predicted that the Ganges-Padma river system would remain steady, while water level at Goalondo station in Rajbari district, Bhagyakul station in Munshiganj and Sureshwar station in Shariatpur district may continue to fall during the next seven days.

Rivers around the Dhaka city may continue to rise. Lakhya river at Narayanganj, Turag river at Mirpur and Dhaleshwari river at Rekabi Bazar may remain steady.

In the meantime, water level of many rivers in the Ganges basin receded at some points and remained steady at few points on Thursday due to dwindling of the onrush of hilly water from upstream, said officials of the FFWC.

Of the 30 river points monitored in the Ganges basin, water levels declined at 17 points on Thursday, while increased at 10 points and remained stable at three points.

“We recorded falling and steady trends in many rivers, including Modananda, Ganges, Padma and some of the downstream rivers and tributaries, of the Ganges basin today,” said Mukhlesur Rahman, Superintending Engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB).

He added that the water level of the Ganges river remained steady at Pankha, Rajshahi and Talbaria points, while went up by 1cm at Hardinge Bridge point at 9:00am on Wednesday.

However, Mukhlesur said, the Ganges river was still flowing 165cm, 183cm, 109cm and 77cm below the danger levels at Pankha, Rajshahi, Hardinge Bridge and Talbaria points respectively.

Water level of the Padma river declined by 5 cm further at Goalundo point, and the river was flowing 13cm above the danger level at the point this morning, he further added.

Korotoa river water level went up by 10cm at Chak Rahimpur point further, while receded by two cm at Bogura point, and the river was flowing 263cm and 358cm below the danger mark at the two points respectively.

Besides, a falling trend of water levels was recorded at three points of the Jamuna river on Wednesday. The water level receded by 18cm at Sariakandi point in Bogura, 12cm at Kazipur point in Sirajganj and 16cm at Sirajganj point.

The Gur river was flowing 35cm below the danger level at Singra point in Natore with a further five-cm fall, while the Atrai river was flowing 6 cm above the danger mark at Baghabari point in Sirajganj with a seven-cm fall further Wednesday morning.