Rain aggravates flood woes


Heavy rain have continued lashing most parts of the county especially the north, northeast, northwest and mid districts leaving thousands of people marooned in a direly miserable condition amid an overall worsening flood situation.

Due to increase in rainfall in the northern and northeastern parts of the country and in the hilly areas bordering those areas, the water level of major rivers is increasing. The water of some rivers is flowing over the danger mark with some rivers expected to cross the danger line.

Water Development Board (WDB) executive engineer, Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan said that at present the water of Dharala and Teesta is flowing over the danger level. The water level of all major rivers including Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Padma, Surma, Kushiara, Khowai, Monu, Meghna, Sangu is also increasing.

The waters of the most flood-prone rivers, the Brahmaputra and the Jamuna, could rise far above the danger level. As a result, the water level at Bahadurabad, Jamalpur, Sariakandi, Kazipur and Sirajganj points will be exceeding the danger level.

Meanwhile, the water of all the rivers of Sylhet is also rising due to the continuous rains and downward rush of hilly water from the upper reaches. Water is flowing at two points on the Surma and Sari rivers.

The FFWC forecast said that the Teesta and Dharla would continue to flow above their danger marks with flooding likely to deteriorate in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat, Sylhet and Sunamganj.

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department advised people in Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Bogura to brace for heavy to very heavy rains.

In all, there is no sign of improvement in the overall flood situation in the country. According to the weather forecast, there may be continuous rain in the next few days. This will aggravate the sufferings.

The water of Padma is increasing in Faridpur. Traffic is being disrupted due to flood waters inundating various roads in the district.

The flood situation in Kurigram, Jamalpur and Sirajganj remained unchanged. Water pressure is rising in the central region. The affected people fear that the floods will prolong. Dharla’s water has risen again in Kurigram. The waters of the Brahmaputra are still above danger. The victims suffered indescribably for three weeks in a row.

The overall flood situation in Jamalpur has not improved as the water level of Jamuna and Brahmaputra has increased. Flood submerged new areas. Thousands of people are trapped in the third phase of floods. The water of Jamuna is flowing at high speed in Sirajganj. Three and a quarter lakh helpless people are suffering.

The flood situation has deteriorated in Rajbari, Madaripur, Bogra, Kurigram and Sherpur. There has been some improvement in Sirajganj and Manikganj. Besides, water is rising again in Sylhet due to heavy rains.

Meanwhile, many embankments and roads have been smashed in several districts due to the flood, causing immense sufferings to people.

The water of Dharla river is rising again in Kurigram due to heavy rains. About 3 lakh flood-affected people in the chars and low-lying areas of the district are not getting the necessary food aid.

In this direction, the erosion of the Teesta has become more intense. The Water Development Board is trying to prevent erosion by throwing in sandbags.

Moreover, the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) has given new bad news on the flood situation. BWDB fears the flood situation could worsen before Eid-ul-azha.

BWDB said heavy rains are expected in Assam, West Bengal and northeastern India for four days from Monday or Tuesday. As a result, there are fears of further deterioration of floods in the north, northeast and central parts of the country.

Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer at FFWC told Bangladesh Post that rains in the next few days could increase water pressure in the country's rivers. The overall flood situation may return to normal in late July.