Flood situation in Sylhet stable, may worsen in other areas
Dhaka, June 21: Except Habiganj, flood situation in Sylhet region may remain stable in next 24 hours. However, the flood situation in the north and central regions may deteriorate. On the other hand, the water level in the rivers of Chittagong division in the south-east is increasing. The Bangladesh Water Development Board's Flood Forecasting and Warning Center said this.
According to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center, 11 districts of the country have been affected by the floods. On Monday morning, water of nine rivers was flowing over the danger line at 19 points.
Md. Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, Executive Engineer, Flood Forecasting and Warning Center, said that according to the mathematical model-based forecasts of the meteorological agencies, the northern part of the country, northeast and adjoining areas of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Himachal Pradesh are in the next 48 hours. As a result, water levels of all major rivers including Brahmaputra-Jamuna, Ganga-Padma, Dharla and Dudhkumar may continue to rise in the next 48 hours. However, heavy rains in the Indian state of Meghalaya may reduce the tendency for water to rise.
He said the flood situation in the northeastern Sylhet, Sunamganj and Netrokona districts could remain stable in the next 24 hours. On the other hand, the flood situation in Habiganj district may deteriorate.
The executive engineer said the flood situation in Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Sirajganj, Jamalpur and Tangail districts could worsen in the next 24 hours. Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan said that there is a danger of heavy rain in the south-eastern part of the country at this time. The water levels in the rivers of Cox's Bazar, Rangamati and Bandarban districts may increase rapidly.
Mostafa Kamal (Palash), a PhD researcher in meteorology and climate at Saskatchewan University in Canada, said on Monday morning that analysis of satellite imagery from the US space agency (NASA) showed that Habiganj district had received about 180 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. About 125 mm of rain has fallen in some parts of Moulvibazar and Sunamganj districts. Just when the rain water of Sylhet and Sunamganj started to recede, the news of moderate to heavy rain for six hours in Habiganj is very bad news. The water of Moon river in Moulvibazar has started rising from the evening.
On the other hand, the Water Development Board in its river situation and forecast report said that water of nine rivers was flowing over the danger line at 19 points on Monday. Among these, the water of Brahmaputra river is flowing over the danger level at Nunkhawa, Hatia, Chilmari and Fulchhari points.