Flood situation improving

Flood situation has improved further in the Brahmaputra and Ganges basins due to dwindling of the onrush of hilly water from the upstream, reports BSS.

Most of the displaced flood victims have already returned to their homes following the further improvement of flood situation in Brahmaputra basin during the last 24 hours ending 9 am Sunday, according to the officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB).

They said the major rivers and tributaries of the basin were flowing much below the danger mark at all points on Sunday.

The officials said there is no flooding in Nilphamari, Rangpur and Lalmonirhat now, and the flood situation is improving fast in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogura and Sirajganj districts, while normalcy will return there within a couple of days.

Following further sharp fall of water levels, the Brahmaputra was flowing 35 cm below the danger level at Noonkhawa point and 87 cm below at Chilmari point, while Dharla River 105 cm below at Kurigram point and Ghaghot River was flowing 50 cm below at Gaibandha point at 9 am Sunday.

The Jamuna was flowing 72 cm below the danger mark at Fulchhari point, 68 cm below at Bahadurabad point, 40 cm below at Sariakandi point, 43 cm below at Kazipur point and 25 cm below at Sirajganj point at 9 am Sunfday.

The Teesta was flowing 95 cm below the danger level at Dalia point in Nilphamari and 55 cm below at Kawnia point in Rangpur, while Kartoa was flowing 114cm below at Chak Rahimpur point at 9 am Sunday.

Additional Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) for Rangpur region Muhammad Ali said the floods in two phases damaged standing crops on 14,784 hectares of land in all the five districts of Rangpur agriculture region.

“The flooding caused a crop loss of 46,658 tonnes worth Taka 174.28 crore, affecting over 1,72,239 farmers in Rangpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari districts in the region,” he said.

Flood situation has further improved in Ganges basin as the water levels of its rivers receded for the second consecutive day because of the reduction of precipitation and onrush of hilly water from upstream, BSS Rajshahi correspondent reports.

Of 30 river points monitored in the Ganges basin on Sunday, water levels declined at 22 points while went up at five points and remained stable at three points.

The rivers of the basin were flowing below the danger level at 25 points, while above the danger mark at four points on Sunday morning.

A declining trend of water level was recorded at Hardinge Bridge and Talbaria points, while remained stable at Rajshahi and Pankha point in Chapainawabganj in the last 24 hours ending 9 am Sunday, BWDB superintending engineer Mukhlesur Rahman told BSS.

He said the water level of the Ganges River decreased by five cm at Hardinge Bridge point and three cm at Talbaria point this morning, while the water level of the Padma further declined by nine cm at Goalunda point.

Mukhlesur, however, said the Ganges was flowing 169 cm, 180 cm, 101 cm and 91 cm below the danger levels at Pankha, Rajshahi, Hardinge Bridge and Talbaria points respectively, while the Padma River was flowing 29 cm above the danger mark at Gualundo point.

Besides, the water levels of the Korotoa River and the Jamuna River flowing through Bogura and Sirajganj were reported a falling trend.

Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), said the water level of the Korotoa River receded by 27 cm at Chak Rahimpur point and 19 cm at Bogura point.

He said the river was flowing 114 cm and 192 cm below the danger mark at Chak Rahimpur and at Bogura respectively on Sunday morning.

Bhuiyan said the water level of the Gur River further decreased by nine cm at Shingra point in Natore and the river was still flowing 43 cm above the danger mark.

The Atrai River was flowing 27 cm above the danger level at Baghabari point in Sirajganj with a 10 cm fall afresh on Sunday morning.

The Atrai River was flowing 38 cm below the danger mark at Atrai point in Naogaon with a fall of eight cm afresh, while 418 cm below the danger mark with a nine-cm fall at Mohadevpur point in Naogaon.

The water level of the Mohananda River further receded by eight cm at Rohanpur in Chapainawabganj and four cm at Chapainawabganj point, and the river was flowing 105 cm and 102 cm below the danger mark at the stations respectively.