Floodwaters creep towards Dhaka

The people of Bangladesh are already afflicted with the deadly coronavirus. People have not been at ease for the last five months. Now, flood continues to aggravate in the middle of it. Due to heavy rainfall and a steady rise in the water levels of our main rivers, the overall flood situation is likely to deteriorate, bringing more misery to the lives of people in the capital.

Floods are nothing new in Bangladesh.Every year the people fall victim to it. Meanwhile, the water level in the north-eastern part of the country has started to decrease but the danger level is increasing in Dhaka. Some people in the country have suffered from months-long floods.

This time the water of the rivers around Dhaka is on the rise. Large areas of Dhaka, Gazipur and Narayanganj districts adjoining Dhaka City Corporation have already been flooded. The waters of Turag and Balu rivers surrounding Dhaka are flowing over the danger line. The water of these rivers is flowing through the canals and flooding the surrounding areas including the capital. Although the water of Buriganga adjacent to old Dhaka is still below the danger level, the water level is increasing every day. 

If the water level continues to rise, new areas around the capital could be flooded and chronic waterlogging could occur. Dhaka's Dakshinkhan, Santarkul, Badda, Beraid, Dumni, Rampura, Goran, Basabo, Demra, Jatrabari and DND dam areas have been flooded.

Lower areas of wards 70, 71, 73 and 75 of Dhaka South City Corporation have been flooded. The coastal areas are being flooded by Balu and Turag rivers. Besides, flood water is flowing into the city through the connecting canal. Many areas of the capital and surrounding districts including Savar, Tongi in Gazipur, Kapasia, Kaliganj, Rupganj in Narayanganj have been submerged.

According to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, the water level in Balu River is 18 cm at Demra Point, 46 cm at Turag River at Mirpur Point, 20 cm at Shitalakshya River at Narayanganj Point, 36. the space of one day, the water of Buriganga increased by 5 cm in Dhaka and was flowing 58 cm below the danger level. The water of the rivers around Dhaka may remain in the same condition for few days.