Dozens of villages in Sylhet and Jessore are at risk of being flooded as major rivers continued to swell following intermittent heavy rains in upstream and inside Bangladesh over the last two weeks.
Weathermen in Bangladesh said on Friday that heavy rains might occur on and off in the country over the next three days while India Meteorological Department forecast predicted heavy rains in the upstream until August 7.
The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre forecast released on Friday afternoon predicted that major rivers like Jamuna, Padma, Meghna and those flowing through south eastern hilly region might keep rising over the next 24 to 72 hours.
The FFWC medium range forecast for 10 days released on Friday afternoon predicted that water levels in Padma, Gorai, Jamuna and Surma rivers at Goalanda, Kamarkhali, Sariakandi and Kanaighat points were likely to cross the danger marks starting from August 4.
‘River Surma is filled to the brim and ready to overflow any moment,’ said Harun Miah, a resident of Kanaighat sadar union.
New Age correspondent in Sylhet said that water had already entered rice fields in low-lying areas of Kanaighat.
‘Villages will be submerged if the river keeps swelling further tonight,’ said Khalilur Rahman, a resident of Chatangram under Kanaighat.
According to the FFWC, rivers Surma and Someswari at Kanaighat and Kalmakanda points were flowing 2 centimetres and 18cm above the danger levels at 3:00pm on Friday.
River Kobadak at Jhikargacha in Jessore was flowing 6cm above the danger mark, said the FFWC.
Of the 94 FFWC stations monitoring water levels in rivers, 75 marked rise in the last 24 hours ending at 9:00am on Friday.
The highest rainfall of 106 millimetres in the country in 24 hours ending at 6:00am on Friday was recorded in Chittagong, followed by 89mm in Bandarban, 88mm in Rangpur and 58mm in Rangamati.
Since April spells of floods submerged 28 districts in phases affecting crops cultivated in more than 1 lakh hectares of land.
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