Rainfall and Flood situation worsens in Bangladesh

Flood situation in Bangladesh. Photo: Collected

Flood situation is worsen in four district of Bangladesh. The country’s northern districts of Lalmonirhat, Kurigram and Gaibandha and the port city of Chattogram has worsened, to continued rainfall in north, north-east and hill regions.

The situation may deteriorate more if the water level in river rises further due to the downpour, according to the local media report.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department alerted, heavy to heavy rainfall may occur over Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Chattogram divisions in the next 24 hours, due to the active monsoon commencing at 10:00am today.

It also forecast landslide in hilly areas of Chattogram division due to the heavy rainfall, the Met office added.

In Lalmonirhat water levels in the Teesta and Dharla rivers continued to rise owing to overnight rainfall, prompting evacuation of residents from three of its upazilas.

People of 15 villages from Hatibandha, Aditmari and Sadar upazilas in the districts were cautioned to leave their villages.

Flood control dykes at many areas around the Teesta Barrage collapsed due to the onslaught of rain, the correspondent reports quoting Sub-Divisional Engineer Water Development Board (Lalmonirhat) Bajle Karim.

Flood Situation worsen in Bangladesh. Photo: Collected

Water levels of four rivers rose significantly in the last 24 hours from 6:00am yesterday, according to the control room of Water Development Board, Kurigram.

In Gaibandha water level of the Brahmaputra river crossed its danger mark this morning inundating the river basin areas including chars, reports BSS.

Other major rivers- the Teesta and the Ghagot River, were flowing just below their respective danger levels this morning.

The officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said the water levels of the major rivers flowing through the district rose sharply due to incessant rain and onrush of hilly waters from the upstream, reports BSS.

In Chattogram People have been suffering in the rain as many parts of the port city was experiencing severe waterlogging.

Low-lying areas like Chawkbazar, Bakulia, Solokbohor, Agrabad, Halisahar, Muradpur, Poddarhaat, Kapasgola and Dewanbazar were inundated in nearly knee-to-waist-deep water, said Mahamudullah Maruf, deputy collector of revenue of the district.

In Fatikchhari upazila, 30 villages under five unions were suffering due to flash floods resulting from damage of Halda dam and torrents from the hills.

Around 800 families have been evacuated from the hilly areas of the district fearing landslide, he said adding that they have been shifted to eight shelters in the city.

Two people were killed and two others injured in landslides triggered by heavy rainfall in Rangamati and Chattogram this morning.