Dhaka – More than 250,000 people in northern Bangladesh are marooned as many villages and localities flooded with onrush of waters from the upstream rivers in the north-east Indian hills, officials said on Sunday.
The situation may worsen further as more rains are in the forecast in both Bangladesh and neighbouring India.
According to Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre of Bangladesh Water Development Board water flow in almost all the rivers in Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghna basins have gone up in the past hours. The rivers in the downstream may swell further with an active monsoon, the forecast says.
The FFWC said the Brahmaputra (Jamuna in Bangladesh) registered 40 centimeter rise in the last 24 hours until 9 am Sunday. Waters flow above the danger level at Chilmari, Bahadurabad, Sariakandi and Sirajganj monitoring points.
“The flood situation in the northern part of the country will be worsening as the water level may go 60 to 70 cm further up in the next 72 hours (until August 16),” said the FFWC forecast.
The situation may worsen further along the Teesta, Dharla and Dudhkumar rivers as Indian parts of these trans-boundary rivers experience heavy rain.
According to the district administration, at least 200,000 people are affected by the flood in Lalmonirhat.
A few flood-protection dams and a 500 meter-long bypass road, connected Lalmonirhat with Nilphamari, have also been washed away by the raging waters. An embankment in Patgram has also been collapsed, according to reports.
Burimari landport and Lalmonirhat Railway have been inundated in three spots.
Krishno Kamal Sarker, Executive Engineer of WDB in Lalmonirhat, said the situation in Lalmonirhat has continued to deteriorate as the water level of two rivers [Teesta and Dharla] was increasing.
Operations at Hili Land Port in Dinajpur district were postponed as flood water entered the port.
Nearly 40,000 people in Kurigram, another northern district, haven been stranded as their villages and remote chars were submerged by flood-waters.
The authorities suspended classes at 893 government primary schools in seven sub-districts of north-eastern district of Sunamganj while flood water submerged nearly 40 villages in adjoining Habiganj district.