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Heavy rainfall may induce another flood in Sunamganj

  • Published at 03:12 pm July 9th, 2020
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A house still inundated from last week's flood in Bishwamvarpur upazila of Sunamganj, July 9, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Bangladesh and Indian meteorological offices predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next 72 hours in north-eastern states of Assam, and Meghalaya

Sunamganj Water Development Board has issued a warning of another flood while the district still struggles to recover from last week’s flood that inundated numerous areas in the cities and villages including vast areas of croplands.

Rain and water from the upstream in the last 24 hours has caused the water level in haor areas and in local rivers to rise, which may induce another flood in lowlands, said the WDB sources.

The Surma River was flowing 34cm below the danger level at Shologhar point and Jadukata River was flowing 27cm below the danger point in Bishwamvarpur upazila until 12pm on Thursday. Meanwhile, the WDB has recorded 135mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours.

Sunamganj WDB Executive Engineer Sabibur Rahman said: “Water levels of major rivers in the northern Brahmaputra and north-eastern Meghna basins may rise quickly in the next 72 hours as both Bangladesh and Indian meteorological offices predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall during that period in the two regions in Bangladesh and adjoining Indian north-eastern states of Assam, Meghalaya and West Bengal.”

According to the district flood control room, a total of 42,057 families in 11 upazilas and four municipalities of the district have been affected by last week’s flood. The administration has distributed dry food packets, rice, water purification tablets, corrugated iron sheets and other relief items. Aman paddy seeds have been distributed among the affected farmers.

50 mud huts damaged in wild tornado

A tornado with high-velocity winds wreaked havoc over two villages under Salukabad union in Bishwamvarpur upazila.

Locals said the tornado formed over the Kharchar haor and blew over the two adjacent villages with strong winds on Thursday afternoon.

Bishwamvarpur Upazila Project Implementation Officer Shafiqur Islam said the storm damaged 50 mud huts.

Bishwamvarpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer Sameer Biswas said the administration was going to provide assistance after compiling a list of all those affected.