Second flood wave coming to Meghna, Brahmaputra basins in BD

Dhaka, July 24 – The people of some north-north eastern districts and Sylhet region will again experience a medium type flood as the river waters of Teesta, Surma and Kushyara are riasing.
Though the Bangladesh Water Development Board (WDB) officials termed the on going flood as quiet normal—but Indian meteorological department predicted heavy to extremely heavier rainfall to continue adjoining Indian states to Bangladesh till July 28(Sunday). Meanwhile, the river Teesta was flowing 35cm above the danger level again from yesterday noon.
According to flood forecasting warning centre (FFWC), the waters of the rivers Brahmaputro, Dharla, Teesta, Ghaghot, Surma and Kushiyara are rising rapidly, while the Ganges and Padma rivers are falling.
As a result, many areas of Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Jamalpur, Sirajganj and Tangail districts will go under flood water again.
According to India Meteorological Department, there is a chance of heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the Northern, North-Eastern parts of Bangladesh and adjoining Assam, Meghalaya, East Uttar Pradesh, Sub-Himalayan, Odisha, Bihar, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Northern part of Gangetic West Bengal of India in next 96 hours.
About 40 lakh people have so far been affected in over 22 districts by flood across the country.
Meanwhile, some political parties and non-government organizations (NGOs) alongside the government have extended their helping hands to flood affected people.
River waters like Teesta, Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Dhaleswari, Padma, Ghagot, Kirtinasha, Meghna, Atrai, Dharla, Surma and Kushiyara are flowing above danger level in 18 different points,” Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, WDB executive engineer told this correspondent yesterday.
He said waters of the Teesta, Brahmaputra, Surma and Kushiyara rivers may rise rapidly in the next 24 hours.
Districts like Nilphamari, Kurigram, Sunamganj and Sylhet will experience another spell of flood again, Bhuiyan added.
He, however, said flood water still flowing above danger marks in various points of Kurigram, Bagura, Gaibandha, Sirajganj, Tangail, Jamalpur, Sherpur, Faridpur, Shariotpur, Rajbari, Madaripur, Chandpur, Munshiganj, Sunamganj, Habiganj and Sylhet districts.
“We don’t see any further deterioration of flood. But significant rainfalls (mm) are recorded during last 24 hrs in Indian states Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura,” Bhuiyan said in reply to a query.
He further said that the water of the rivers Dholai, Tangon, Atrai and Punorbhoba in Thakurgaon and Panchagarh districts are likely to increase.
Lalmonirhat: Water of Teesta river was flowing 35cm above the danger level again at Teesta Barrage Dalia point due to onrush upstream water till filing the report yesterday evening.
At least 4,000 families again marooned by flood water in five upazilas of the district.
Nilphamari: Many low-lying areas of the district has flooded due to rising the Teesta water.
About 30,000 people have been marooned again in two upazilas—Dimla and Jaldhaka.
Flooding has triggered river erosion, breached dams, snapped road and rail links, inundated crop fields and forced educational institutions to shut. It has also led to a shortage of food and drinking water and causing water-borne diseases.
Over 87 people, mostly children, have drowned as flash floods washed away homes or boats capsized.
However, Friendship a health service oriented NGO, providing health services and treatment to flood affected char areas in Gaibandha, Kurigram, Bogura and Jamalpur districts.
According to Friendship, more than 300,000 people in 221 chars (river islands) of Gaibandha, Kurigram, Bogura, Sirajganj and Jamalpur districts have been affected due to flood. – Staff Reporter