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Water level in Ganges basin further rises

  • Published at 03:03 pm August 19th, 2020
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A total of 30 river points monitored in the Ganges basin, water levels went up at 15 points, while receded at 14 points and remained stable at one point

Rising of water level in many of the rivers in Ganges basin has been continuing for the third consecutive day today due to the onrush of floodwater from upstream hilly catchment areas caused by a heavy downpour.

Local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) has further recorded a rising trend at most of the rivers like Mohananda in Chapainawabganj and Ganges at Pankha in Chapainawabganj, Rajshahi, Hardinge Bridge and Talbaria and Padma at Goalunda and other down streaming rivers Wednesday morning.

Water level in the Ganges River went up by 14cm at Pankha in Chapainawabganj, 7cm at Rajshahi, 4cm at Hardinge Bridge and 11 at Talbaria points in the past 24 hours ending at 9am Wednesday, superintending engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) Mukhlesur Rahman told BSS.

The Ganges River was flowing 178cm, 194cm, 121cm and 96cm below the danger levels at Pankha, Rajshahi, Hardinge Bridge and Talbaria points respectively, while the water level in the Padma River went up by 4cm at Goalundo point and the river was flowing 17cm above the danger level, Engineer Mukhlesur Rahman added.

A total of 30 river points monitored in the Ganges basin, water levels went up at 15 points, while receded at 14 points and remained stable at one point.

Apart from this, the rivers were flowing below the danger level at 26 points, while above the danger level at four points.

The local BWDB office has recorded a further rising trend of water at two points of the Jamuna River. The water level increased by 4cm at Kazipur in Sirajganj and 2cm at Sirajganj points, while remained stable at Sariakandi in Bogra point.

Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), said the Jamuna River was flowing 5cm above the danger level at Sariakandi point, while the river was still flowing 4cm and 2m below the danger level at Kazipur and at Sirajganj points respectively.

Of the 16 river points both in Ganges and Brahmaputra Basins, being monitored in many districts under Rajshahi division regularly, water levels went up at seven points, while declined at seven points and remained stable at two points this morning.

However, the rivers were flowing below the danger level at 14 points, while above the danger mark at two points during the period.

Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan said the Ganges River is in a rising trend, while the Padma River is in steady-state, which may continue in the next 24 hours. The Brahmaputra-Jamuna River is in a stable state which may fall in the next 24 hours.

Around 216,000 worst-affected families consisting around 900,000 people have, so far, received relief materials to overcome their livelihood related hardships caused by the flood in different districts under Rajshahi division.

Simultaneously, the Department of Health has undertaken all possible measures to prevent any outbreak of water-borne diseases among the affected people amid the recession of the floodwater.

Some 3,350 patients were recorded to be suffering from various water-related diseases and 17 deaths occurred mainly caused by drowning and snakebite since July 1, the sources also said.

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