Floods spread to 20 districts

Thousands marooned in North , North-East

Staff Correspondent | Published: 14:18, Aug 13,2017

 
 

The fresh floods are rapidly engulfing new areas and have already spread to 20 districts in the country’s North, North-East and central regions disrupting road communications and forcing authorities to shut educational institutions in past two days.

More districts are feared to be affected soon by the fresh floods, caused by onrush of water from upstream India along with rainfall, said officials at Water Development Board.

River waters continued increasing by 50 cm per day and such trend of swelling river water would continue next three days, they told New Age.

WDB’s Flood Forecasting Warning Centre’s executive engineer Sazzad Hossain told New Age that river water would be increasing until August 16.

The floods in the northern-eastern regions would further worsen, he forecast.

As the floods continue to rise, within a day or two, the country’s middle regions which remain now at warning level would be going under floodwater, he said.

The flood situation in the country’s north-eastern regions worsened massively marooning lakhs of people, damaging agricultural crops and properties as almost major rivers were overflowing in Thakurgaon, Nilphamari, Dinajpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogra, Sirajganj, Netrakona, Sylhet, Maulvibazar and Habiganj districts due onrush of water from upstream India and hilly water.

River waters flow marked warning level in Rajbari, Manikganj, Shariatpur, Gazipur, Barhmanbaria and Jessore.

The fresh floods have already inundated the country’s one third districts as water level at some 77 rivers stations rose and 25 stations were flowing above the danger marks, the FFWC said.

The Brahmaputra-Jamuna, Ganges-Padma and Surma-Kushiyara rivers were in rising trend and the Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Ganges-Padma river might continue rising in next 72 hours from Sunday morning.

The Surma-Kushiyara rivers might continue rising in next 24 hours from Sunday, according to FFWC’s summery statement.

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