Normalcy returning to flood-hit areas in Brahmaputra basin

Published : 26 Jun 2022 08:21 PM

Normalcy started returning to flood-affected areas as many displaced people have already returned homes following further improvement of the deluge situation in the last 24 hours till 9am on Sunday in the Brahmaputra basin.

Officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said major rivers were flowing below danger marks (DM) at all points today following further reduction in the rate of onrushing water from upstream amid insignificant rainfalls during the period. Officials of the district administrations concerned and local public representatives said relief activities have been intensified further to mitigate sufferings of flood- hit people in affected areas.

There is no flood in Nilphamari, Rangpur and Lalmonirhat and the situation continues improving fast in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogura and Sirajganj though complete normalcy will return in low-lying char areas by the next few days.

According to a bulletin of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC) of BWDB, the recorded rainfalls during the last 24 hours ending at 9 am today were only 59mm at Pasighat and 57mm at Cherrapunji points of the northeastern Indian states.

No rainfalls were recorded inside Bangladesh in the Brahmaputra basin during the period.

The Brahmaputra, Jamuna may continue falling in the next 48 hours while Dharla and Dudhkumar of the sub-Himalayan northern Bangladesh may continue falling in the next 24 hours.

"In the next 48 hours, there is a chance of medium to heavy rainfall in the sub- Himalayan West Bengal and water level of the Teesta may rise and remain close to danger mark," the bulletin added.

Acting Chief Engineer for Rangpur Zone of BWDB Engineer Muhammad Amirul Haque Bhuiyan said incidents of sporadic erosion of riverbanks with unstable and sandy soil texture were reported from few places alongside major rivers in the last few days.

"We are conducting riverside bank protection works at a few vulnerable points alongside major rivers in Rangpur, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram and Gaibandha districts," Engineer Bhuiyan added.

Following further sharp falls in water levels of all major rivers, the Dudhkumar was flowing below DM by 65cm at Pateshwari, Dharla by 61cm at Kurigram and Ghaghot by 66cm at Gaibandha points at 9 am on Sunday. 

The Teesta was flowing below DM by 16cm at Dalia and 49cm at Kawnia points at 9 am today.

The Brahmaputra was flowing below DM by 93cm Noonkhawa, 17cm at Hatia and 51cm at Chilmari points at 9 am on Sunday.

Besides, the Jamuna was flowing below DM by 57cm at Fulchhari, 165cm at Shaghata, 58cm at Bahadurabad, 33cm at Sariakandi, 36cm at Kazipur and 40cm at Sirajganj points at 9am on Sunday.