Heavy rains in the upstream and inside the country over the last two day rapidly swelled most of the major rivers in Bangladesh inundating low lying areas in four districts, three northeastern and one southeastern.
Weather forecasts for the two neighbouring countries indicate that the rains would continue and with greater intensity in select areas until Sunday flooding fresh areas.
The Bangladesh Met Office forecast heavy rainfall could cause landslides in the hilly areas of Sylhet and Chittagong over the 24 hours from 6 PM of Wednesday.
‘Northern region may experience flooding from the beginning of the next week,’ said Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre’s engineer Sardar Uday Raihan.
On Wednesday, FFWC monitoring stations recorded that most of the country’s major rivers swelled at 77 points.
The FFWC runs 94 monitoring stations across the country.
Six northeastern rivers, Surma, Kushiyara, Sarigowain, Old Surma, Jadukata and Someswari and southeastern river Sangu — were flowing up to more than a metre above their danger levels at nine points.
The Sangu swelled by nearly five meters at places in 24 hours ending at 9AM on Wednesday.
According to the FFWC forecasts , Dharla, Teesta, Dudhkumar and Ghaghat are likely to continue to swell over the next two days due to heavy to extremely heavy rains in the country’s northern and northeastern regions as well as in the upstreams.
Teesta at Dalia point in Nilphamari was still flowing below its danger mark until Wednesday afternoon, says FFWC’s report.
The FFWC recorded 188 mm rainfall at Jaflong in Sylhet in 24 hours ending at 9AM Wednesday while at least nine other places in north eastern and Chittagong regions had around 150 mm of rainfalls.
Bangladesh Met Office said that the rainfall was occurring due to active monsoon hovering over Bangladesh and the North Bay.
The FFWC forecast said that water levels in rivers in country’s southeastern region may fall in the next 24 hours.
The Met Office on Wednesday afternoon forecast heavy rainfalls at places in Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Chittagong divisions over the next 24 hours.
Landslides killed four people including three of a family in Bandarban on Tuesday and disrupted the district’s road communication with Chittagong.
Although road communication between Bandarban and Chittagong was restored Wednesday, internal communications in both the districts remained disrupted.
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