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Water levels of rivers steady in Ganges and Brahmaputra basins

  • Published at 08:22 am September 14th, 2020
Floodwater reached houses in Rulipara village under Gabsara union under Bhuapur upazila of Tangail <strong>Dhaka Tribune</strong>
File photo: Floodwater reached houses in Rulipara village under Gabsara union of Tangail's Bhuapur upazila on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Local administrations continuously distributing relief materials in worst-affected areas

Water levels of major rivers remained mostly steady with little rise and fall in the Ganges and Brahmaputra basins during the last 24 hours to 9am on Monday.

In Ganges basin, the overall flood situation has further improved as water levels in many major rivers and tributaries continued to fall.

Of the 30 river points monitored in the Ganges basin on Monday, water levels receded at 16 points while increased at 13 points and remained stable at one point, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).

However, the rivers were flowing below the danger level at 28 points while above the danger level at two points like the previous couple of days.

Local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) recorded falling trends in many rivers, including Mahananda, Ganges, Padma, and the downstream rivers and tributaries of the Ganges basin on Monday, Mukhlesur Rahman, superintending engineer of BWDB, told BSS.

He said water level of the Ganges River further declined by 20 centimetres (cm) at Pankha in Chapainawabganj, eight cm at Rajshahi, 15 cm at Hardinge Bridge, and five cm at Talbaria points at 9am on Monday.

Water level in the Korotoa further went up by 50 cm at Chak Rahimpur, while declined by 14 cm at Bogra points.

The Gur River increased by six cm further at Singra in Natore, while the Atrai River declined by seven cm at Baghabari in Sirajganj.

FFWC Executive Engineer Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan said a declining trend has been recorded at four points of the Jamuna River on Monday morning.

The water level remained stable at Sariakandi in Bogra and declined one cm each at Kazipur in Sirajganj and at Sirajganj points afresh.

The Little Jamuna River also went up by 38 cm at Naogaon, while the Atrai River by 91 cm at Mohadevpur in Naogaon and by 19 cm at Atrai points on Monday morning.

Of the 16 river points both in Ganges and Brahmaputra basins being monitored in many districts under Rajshahi division regularly, water levels increased at five points and declined at nine points, and remained stable at two points. The rivers were flowing below the danger level at all the 16 points on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the local administrations have been continuously distributing relief materials in the worst-affected areas since the flood began.

Simultaneously, the Department of Health has undertaken all possible measures to prevent any outbreak of water-borne diseases among the flood affected people amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Some 5,236 patients were reported to have suffered from various water-related diseases and 23 people died due to reasons relating to flood, particularly from drowning and snakebite since July 1, sources said.

Water levels of major rivers in Brahmaputra basin mostly steady

Officials of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said there is no possibility of a flood-like situation as water levels of the Brahmaputra-Jamuna river system might show a steady trend during the next 24 hours in the river basin.

A bulletin of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC) of BWDB on Monday said the recorded rainfalls during the past 24 hours till 9am were 167mm at Pasighat, 55mm at Jalpaiguri and 57mm at Cherrapunji points in the northwestern Indian states.

However, the moderate to heavy rainfalls recorded during the same period were 100mm at Panchagarh, 55mm at Dalia, 25mm at Chilmari and 20mm at Gaibandha points in the Brahmaputra basin.

During the period, water levels of the Brahmaputra marked fall by 4cm at Noonkhawa and 5cm at Chilmari, Ghagot by 1cm at Gaibandha, Teesta fell by 7cm at Dalia and 4cm at Kawnia while Dharla rose by 5cm at Kurigram points.

Besides, water levels of the Jamuna marked fall by 1cm at Fulchhari and rose by 8cm at Bahadurabad while remained steady at Sariakandi and marked fall by 1cm each at Kazipur and Sirajganj points during the period in the Brahmaputra basin.

However, water levels of all major rivers were flowing much below their respective danger marks (DM) ranging from 23cm to 161cm at these points in the basin at 9am today.

The Dharla was flowing 23cm below the DM at Kurigram, Brahmanpara by 149cm at Noonkhawa and 117cm at Chilmari, Teesta by 42cm at Dalia and 40cm at Kawnia and Ghaghot below the DM by 134cm at Gaibandha points at 9 am on Monday.

Besides, the Jamuna was flowing below the DM by 110cm at Fulchhari, 115cm at Bahadurabad, 83cm at Sariakandi, 69cm at Kazipur and 84cm at Sirajganj points in the Brahmaputra basin.

Chief Engineer for Rangpur Zone of BWDB Jyoti Prosad Ghosh told BSS that there is no possibility of any further flood situation in the Brahmaputra basin during the current season.

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