Rivers continue to swell

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 17,2019


Major rivers in north, north-eastern and south-eastern regions continued to swell rapidly due to heavy rains in the cross border upstream and inside Bangladesh.

The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre Friday said that the Surma, Kushiyara, Kangsha, Manu, Khwai, Teesta, Dharla, Dudhkumar and Jadukata might swell rapidly by Saturday morning.

The FFWC bulletin released in the afternoon showed that the Sangu, Karnaphuli, Muhuri, Matamuhuri and Halda also rose up to more than 2 meter in 24 hours until 3 PM Friday.

The Karnaphuli rose by 229cm at Chattogram and was flowing 150cm below the danger mark at 3:00pm,  said the FFWC.

The Muhuri rose by 132cm during the same time, said the FFWC.

No flash flood warning was issued for the areas experiencing flash floods frequently.

The FFWC late last month had predicted rivers in Bangladesh to flood at points in the second half of August.

Heavy rains in the upstream and inside Bangladesh triggered floods in July inundating large parts of 28 districts.

Over six million people had been marooned in the floods. Many of them still live on embankments. 

The FFWC in 24 hours until Friday morning recorded country’s highest rainfall of 160mm at Sunamganj.

More than 100mm of rain was also recorded in Chattogram, Bandarban and Moheshkhola during the same time.

Heavy rains were recorded elsewhere in the country during the same time, according to FFWC.

The FFWC said that it rained 75mm in Cherapunji in 24 hours until Friday morning.

A total of 39 gauging stations operated across Bangladesh by the FFWC recorded rise in water levels in country’s rivers until Friday morning.

The FFWC in its brief on rainfall and river water levels said that heavy rains were predicted to fall in the Assam and Meghalaya, West Bengal until Sunday morning.

The Met Office predicted rains at most places in Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Chattogram divisions and many places in other divisions until Saturday morning.

The Met Office recorded country’s highest rainfall of 95mm in 24 hours until Friday morning at Chattogram.

The Met Office said that monsoon was active over Bangladesh.

The Indian Met Office on Friday predicted enhanced rainfall in West Bengal and Sikkim, Assam and Meghalaya during next two to three days.

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