Dhaka – Rivers in downstream Bangladesh have been swelling high after the Indian authorities opened up the Farakka Barrage on the upstream of Ganges water system.
According to Bangladesh Water Development Board the water flow in the river Padma is likely to overflow by Saturday with the on-rush of waters from the hilly terrain posing threat of inundation of low lying areas in northern Bangladeshi districts of Rajshahi and adjoining areas.
“The water level (in Padma) may go beyond danger level in the next 24 hours,” the board said.
According to the WDB flood forecast, the Ganges-Padma rivers are in rising trend while the Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Surma-Kushiyara registered falling trend.
India has opened almost all the gates of the barrage at Farakka, which was constructed to divert Ganges waters, as its Bihar state has been experiencing serious deluge.
At least 30 villages in north-western Kustia district is reportedly inundated because of water levels in the rivers in those areas registered rise in the past hours.
An official at the WDB said that the river Padma, the main tributary of the Ganges which entered in Bangladesh through northern Chapainawabganj district, was registering rise by two centimeters in every three hours.