Flood hits 10 districts, may worsen in six

Flood hits 10 districts, may worsen in six
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People in 10 northern, north-eastern and eastern districts are bearing the spikes of a further deteriorating flood situation despite the intensity of onrushing water from the upstream reduced in two major northern Brahmaputra and eastern Meghna basins on Monday, BSS reports.

Water levels are flowing above danger marks at 14 points – 10 in Brahmaputra and four in Meghna basin- till 9:00am today as water levels at 72 river stations out of total 101, monitored by FFWC, have marked rise while 28 stations recorded fall and one other steady.

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Flood situation may further worsen in six districts– Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bagura, Jamalpur, Sirajganj and Tangail on Brahmaputra basin while it may improve in Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Sylhet, Netrokona and Sunamganj in the next 24 hours by Tuesday, said a bulletin of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC) of BWDB.

In Brahmaputra basin, around 60,000 families were marooned in seven northern districts where flood situation further deteriorated as the officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said the major rivers were flowing above danger marks (DM) at 10 points of Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogra and Sirajganj districts in the basin at 9:00am on Monday.

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Water level of Teesta marked a fall by 13cm during the past 24 hours ending at 9:00am and was flowing 2cm above its DM at Dalia point in Dimla upazila of Nilphamari district at 9 am today.

“Following further fall in its water level by 10cm in the last six hours, the Teesta was flowing 8cm below its DM at Dalia point at 3:00pm on MOnday,” executive engineer of the TBP (Teesta Barrage Project) Division of BWDB M Rabiul Islam told BSS.

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As a result of reduction in the rate of onrushing water from the upstream during the past 24 hours till Monday, water levels in the major rivers continued rising at lower rate and might continue to flow above their respective DMs during the next 24 hours.

The Brahmaputra was flowing 64cm above its DM at Noonkhawa and 77cm at Chilmari and Dharla by 76cm at Kurigram points in Kurigram and Ghaghot by 35cm above the DM at Gaibandha points.

The Jamuna was flowing 78cm above the DM at Fulchhari in Gaibandha, 80cm at Bahadurabad in Jamalpur, 58cm at Sariakandi in Bogura, 58cm at Kazipur and 28cm at Sirajganj points in Sirajganj districts.

Talking to BSS, Chief Engineer for Rangpur Zone of BWDB Jyoti Prosad Ghosh today said the flood situation in Lalmonirhat and Nilphamari may improve with recession of water levels of the Teesta and Dharla in the next 24 hours.

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