Fresh flood likely from July 20-21, warns BWBD

Bangladesh is likely to witness another spell flood from 20-21 July, warned the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB), reports UNB.

This information was provided in a report published by the BWDB on Saturday.

According to reports, heavy rain is likely to occur in Assam, West Bengal and northeast India for four days from 20-21 July.

Due to the onrush of upstream water and heavy downpours, the north, northeast and central parts of the country, may witness another flood.

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Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of the government's Flood Forecasting and Warning Center, said that according to the forecast data, about 800mm of rain is likely in four days from 20 July, which will increase the water level in the country's rivers.

However, even if the water level rises, the water level in the Padma river may start to recede continuously from 26-27 July.

The overall flood situation may become normal in the last of July or the first week of August.

Meanwhile, expressing hope for improvement in the overall flood situation, state minister for water resources Zahid Faruk said, "The water level of Padma has already started receding. We expect the flood situation to improve in the central districts in the next 2-3 days."

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There was no major breach of the flood control dam during the current floods, he said.

The ministry and the BWDB, in collaboration with the local district administration, are ready at the field level with necessary materials and manpower to deal with any emergency situation, said the state minister.

In the second week of July, Assam, West Bengal and North-East India recorded about 900mm rainfall in four days, resulting in floods in the northern and north-western parts of the country, which also deteriorated flood situation in low-lying areas in Rajbari, Dhaka, Munshiganj, Faridpur, Madaripur, Shariatpur and Chandpur.