Water levels of major rivers started rising again following onrush of hilly water from the upper catchment areas in the Brahmaputra basin during the last 24 hours till 9 am on Saturday .
Officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said water levels of the Brahmaputra, Jamuna, Dharla and Teesta might continue rising during the next 24 hours at most points and remain steady at some other points in the basin.
Water levels of the Dharla marked rise by 11cm at Kurigram Ghagot by 4cm at Gaibandha, Brahmaputra by 18cm at Noonkhawa and 11cm at Chilmari and Jamuna rose by 1cm at Fulchhari and 5 cm at Bahadurabad points during the period.
The major rovers were flowing above the danger mark (DM) at nine monitoring points in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogura and Sirajganj districts at 9.00 on Saturday .
The Dharla was flowing above the DM by 45cm at Kurigram, Brahmanpara by 2cm at Noonkhawa and 26cm at Chilmari in Kurigram and Ghaghot above the DM by 27cm at Gaibandha points at 9 am.
Besides, the Jamuna was flowing above the DM by 38cm at Fulchhari in Gaibandha, 53cm each at Bahadurabad in Jamalpur and Sariakandi in Bogura, 27cm at Kazipur and 34cm at Sirajganj points at 9.00 on Saturday .
Water levels of the Teesta remained steady at Dalia in Nilphamari and rose by 4cm at Kawnia in Rangpur during the last 24 hours and were flowing below the DM by 10cm and 20cm at these points respectively at 9.00 on Saturday .
According to the flood situation bulletin of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC) of BWDB, the flood situation might remain steady in Kurigram and improve in Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogura Sirajganj districts in the next 24 hours.
Talking to BSS, Chief Engineer for Rangpur Zone of BWDB Engineer Jyoti Prosad Ghosh water levels of the Dharla, Teesta, Brahmaputra and Jamuna rivers might continue to rise during the next 24 hours in the basin.
"All flood control embankments and structures are remaining safe in BWDB's Rangpur zone where riverbank protection works are continuing at some vulnerable points in Lalmonirhat, Rangpur, Kurigram and Gaibandha districts," he added.
Meanwhile, the district administrations have further intensified relief activities in the flood-hit areas of the affected districts in the Brahmaputra basin.
Talking to BSS this afternoon, District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer (DRRO) of Kurigram Abdul Hye Sarker said the second phase of the deluge has affected over 2.50 lakh people of 62,630 families in the district.
"The district administration continues distributing 190 tonnes of rice, Taka 13 lakh, 8,000 packets of dry foods, Taka six lakh for baby foods and Taka nine lakh animal fodders among flood-affected people in three upazilas of the district," Hye added.
Gaibandha DRRO Moazzem Hossain said more than 2.50 lakh people of over 60,000 families have been affected by the second phase of the
flood this season in the district.
"Distributing 440 tonnes of rice, Taka eight lakh, 6,650 packets of dry foods, Taka four lakh for baby foods and Taka nine lakh for animal fodders continues in full swing among flood-hit people in the district," he added.
The district administrations have also intensified relief activities in flood-affected areas of other northern districts in the Brahmaputra basin.