Chances of fresh floods slim, says FFWC

Staff Correspondent | Published: 02:27, Aug 25,2019


The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said on Saturday that the flood prediction made in a forecast last month was unlikely to come true.

‘We are relieved to see there is no possibility of floods in August and also in the first week of September,’ said FFWC assistant engineer Udoy Raihan.

In the last week of July the FFWC had predicted floods in the second half of August.

Floods become a constant source of worry for people living on the vast floodplains in Bangladesh during monsoon extending from June to September.

Heavy rains mainly in the upstream trigger floods in Bangladesh.

Two spells of flood wreaked havoc in Bangladesh back to back in July. Over 60 lakh people had been marooned and more than a hundred people were killed due to floods in 28 districts.

Low lying areas in the upstream across the border in India also experienced two spells of flooding. India’s southern states are still reeling from heavy rain caused flooding.

The Padma River in Bangladesh swelled since Thursday due to huge onrush of water following heavy rains in the upstream.

The FFWC predicted that the river might continue to swell until Tuesday but would not flood.

The rivers in the north-eastern region are also swelling, said the FFWC.

The FFWC recorded country’s highest rainfall of 105mm in 24 hours until Saturday morning at Moheshkhola. It rained 74mm at Kamalganj during the period.

A total of 36 out of 93 river gauging stations of the FFWC recorded swelling of rivers in 24 hours until Saturday morning.

The Met Office forecast predicted rains at many places across Bangladesh except for Mymensingh division where showers are predicted for a few places until Sunday morning.

The Met Office recorded country’s highest rainfall of 67mm in 24 hours until Saturday morning at Sayedpur.

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