Seasonal floods may submerge north, north-east and central areas of Bangladesh at the fag end of July, predicted Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) and Bangladesh Metrological Department (BMD).
Due to the rise in water levels of Jamuna, Teesta and Brahmaputra rivers; Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Kurigram, Sirajgonj, Tangail and adjacent districts may be inundated. As the rivers flow into Padma River on its way to the Bay of Bengal, the water is likely to affect parts of Faridpur and Rajbari districts as well.
However, FFWC and BMD have both dismissed any possibility of devastating floods this year.
“Though a number of areas in the country are currently facing an overflow, there is no forecast of massive floods this year,” executive engineer of FFWC Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan told The Business Standard.
“There also is no forecast of heavy rainfall during this monsoon,” echoing Arifuzzaman, meteorologist Bazlur Rashid noted.
Monsoon is fairly active over Bangladesh, and weak to moderate over the North Bay. A low pressure area may form over the North Bay during the next 24 hours, till Sunday 6pm.
This may bring rain in some areas in the southern parts of Bangladesh, forecasted the meteorologist.
Surma River is flowing 35 centimeters above the danger level at Kanaighat point in Sylhet. At present, villages in Dighirpar union and adjacent Kanaighat upazila in the division are under water.
In Netrokona, the water in Kangsha river at Jariajanjail point has reached the danger level – flooding villages of Durgapur upazila’s Kakoirgara union.
A flash flood inundated Mahishkhocha union and adjacent areas, while the water level of Dharal river has risen for last three days.
According to the FFWC, the flood situation may improve in Sylhet and Sunamgonj regions as the water level is likely to fall from Sunday.