Floods engulfing districts surrounding Dhaka

The floods on Wednesday continued engulfing the middle regions and districts surrounding Dhaka as the Ganges and the Jamuna river basins were overflowing, said Water Development Board officials.

Water level in Goalanda station on the Ganges, known as Padma under Rajbari was flowing 77cm above the danger marks while water at Bhagyakul station of Padma in Munshiganj was flowing 15cm above the danger marks, according to Flood Forecasting, Warning Centre.

Sureshwar station in Padma in Shariatpur and Demra station in Balu in Dhaka were marked warning level due to rise of water flow.

Tangail flood
Floodwater inundates Tangail-Mymensingh road at Elenga on Wednesday. — New Age photo

Meanwhile, death toll from the severe flooding in the northeastern districts rose to 52 on the day, according to the Department of Disaster Management control room.

FFWC’s sub-divisional engineer Sarder Udoy Raihan told New Age that the Padma river was overflowing and was engulfing the country’s middle regions including the adjacent districts around the capital city.

The Padma has swelled mainly due to onrush of water from Jamuna River, which has continued overflowing over last couples of days, he said.

The Ganges basin continued to swell river water but it might not cross the danger marks, he said.

According to FFWC, the Jamuna and Ganges-Padma rivers were in the rising trend and those Ganges-Padma river might continue rising in next 72 hours from Wednesday.

The Brahmaputra River is in falling trend and it might continue falling in next 48 hours, the FFWC forecast.

Although water level in Teesta marked improving but there was no end to suffering to the affected people in the northern districts

Due to rising of Jamuna river, floods in the northern districts including Kurigram, Gaibandha, Sirajganj, Bogra, Jamalpur, Rangpur, Tangail, Manikganj and Rajbari worsened.

Source: New Age

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