Floodwater inundates standing crops on 26,421 hectares of land in low-lying areas of Rangpur
The flood situation worsened further marooning over 150,000 people in seven northern districts during the 24 hours to 9am on Friday in the Brahmaputra basin.
Officials of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said major rivers were flowing above the danger levels at 12 points in Rangpur, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogra and Sirajganj districts.
Water levels of Dudhkumar, Dharla and Teesta rivers sharply rose during the period, inundating more low-lying areas in Rangpur, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha, while the Brahmaputra remained steady and the Jamuna rose, worsening the flood situation further.
The Teesta marked a sharp rise by 80cm at Dalia point in Nilphamari and was flowing above the danger level by 35cm at 9am on Friday.
As a result, floodwater inundated fresh low-lying areas of Dimla upazila in Nilphamari, Hatibandha, Kaliganj, Patgram and Aditmari upazilas in Lalmonirhat, and Gangachara upazila in Rangpur during the same period.
The Dudhkumar River was flowing 8cm above the danger mark at Pateshwari, while the Brahmaputra was above the danger level by 10cm at Hatia and by 50cm at Chilmari; Dharla by 28cm at Kurigram point in Kurigram; and Ghagot by 20cm above the danger level at Gaibandha point.
The Jamuna was flowing above the danger mark by 52cm at Fulchari and 34cm at Saghata in Gaibandha, 63cm at Bahadurabad in Jamalpur, 69cm at Sariakandi in Bogra, and 66cm at Kazipur and 67cm at Sirajganj point in Sirajganj during the same period.
According to a bulletin of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC) of the BWDB, the recorded rainfalls during the 24 hours between Thursday and Friday 9am were 41mm at Gangtok and 35mm at Tezpur points in the northwestern Indian states.
The Brahmaputra is in a steady state while the Jamuna is in a rising trend which may continue in the next 24 hours.
“The flood situation at low-lying places of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogra and Sirajganj districts in the Brahmaputra basin may deteriorate and remain steady alongside the Teesta in the next 24 hours,” the bulletin added.
Rangpur Zone BWDB Chief Engineer Jyoti Prosad Ghosh, along with other senior officials, is regularly visiting the flood situation alongside major rivers in Rangpur, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Kurigram and Gaibandha districts.
“The flood control embankments and structures remain safe in the Rangpur zone of the BWDB in Rangpur division,” Ghosh said, adding that riverbank protection work is continuing at several vulnerable points under the zone.
Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said floodwater had submerged standing crops on 26,421 hectares of land in low-lying areas of Rangpur agricultural region till Thursday.
The submerged standing crops include Aman rice on 26,001 hectares of land, Aman seedbeds on 115 hectares and vegetables on 305 hectares of land in Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha and Lalmonirhat districts.
Additional Divisional Commissioner Md Zakir Hossain said district administrations have intensified the distribution of relief goods among affected people in the flood-hit areas of Rangpur division.
The government has so far allocated Tk3.5 lakh and 20 tons of rice for Rangpur, 280 tons of rice and Tk12 lakh for Kurigram, 80 tons of rice and Tk2 lakh for Gaibandha, and these are being distributed among flood-hit people in these districts.