Flood-like situation disappears in B’putra basin

RANGPUR, Sept 21, 2020 (BSS) – The flood-like situation has disappeared today as major rivers were flowing well below the danger mark (DM) at all points following further fall in water levels during the last 24 hours in the Brahmaputra basin.

Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) officials said water levels of major rivers might continue to fall during the next 24 hours amid sporadic monsoons rains at places to further reduce the rate of onrushing water from the upstream.

Meanwhile, sporadic incidents of riverbank erosion have been reported from some places alongside the Dharla, Dudhkumar, Teesta, Brahmaputra, Ghaghot and Jamuna rivers due to strong current in the river with fall in their water levels.

During the last 24 hours ending at 9 am today, water levels of the Brahmaputra marked fall by nine cm at Noonkhawa and four cm at Chilmari while Dharla by 20cm at Kurigram and Ghaghot by 1cm at Gaibandha points.

Water levels of the Jamuna marked fall by six cm each at Fulchhari and Bahadurabad, seven cm at Sariakandi and nine cm each Kazipur and Sirajganj points during the period in the Brahmaputra basin.

Besides, water level of the Teesta marked sharp fall by 30cm at Dalia point and 27cm at Kawnia point and were flowing below the DM by 75 cm and 62 cm at these points respectively at 9 am today.

The Brahmaputra was flowing below the DM by 91cm at Noonkhawa and 43cm at Chilmari while Dharla by 24cm at Kurigram and Ghaghot by 63cm at Gaibandha points at 9 am.

The Jamuna was flowing below the DM by 39 cm at Fulchhari, 37 cm at Bahadurabad, two cm at Sariakandi, 15 cm Kazipur and 19 cm at Sirajganj points at 9am today.

Talking to BSS, Chief Engineer for Rangpur Zone of BWDB Jyoti Prosad Ghosh said sporadic riverbank erosion has been reported alongside the major rivers from few areas where protection works are being conducted by the BWDB authorities.

“There is no flood situation anywhere under the BWDB’s Rangpur zone where all flood control embankments are safe and normalcy might return within the next few days,” Ghosh said.

Talking to BSS, Additional Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) for Rangpur region Muhammad Ali said the deluge has submerged standing crops on 5,858 hectares of land in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and Rangpur districts.

“Crop damages might be very little during this short-term flood-like situation as the floodwaters are receding rapidly within four days of inundation,” Ali added.

Additional Divisional Commissioner (General) Md. Zakir Hossain said the displaced people already started returning homes as floodwaters are receding quickly from the low-lying areas and the district administrations are closely monitoring the situation.

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