Central region

Floods reach central region and worsen in north and northeast Bangladesh

A woman travels by boat along a road submerged in flood waters in the Upashar area of ​​Sylhet town on Monday. —Sony Ramany

Low-lying areas in central Bangladesh were inundated by floodwaters on Monday while floods engulfed more areas in the northern and northeastern parts of the country, affecting thousands more people.

The Flood Forecasting and Warning Center warned on the day that rivers in the southeastern region of the country could quickly swell today due to heavy rains.

In addition, the likelihood of heavy to very heavy rain in the hilly areas of Chattogram as well as Sylhet has triggered a 24-hour landslide warning in both areas until 5:00 p.m. today.

“The flood waters won’t recede until next Sunday,” said Arifuzzaman Bhuyan, who heads the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center.

However, the flood will not spread further in the central region and there is no chance that Dhaka will experience flood waters this time around, Arif said.

While all major rivers swelled on Monday, the Surma continued to flow at a record high at Derai in Sunamganj for the third day in a row on Monday with its water level still rising.

On Monday, the Surma sank to 7.6 metres, above the previous maximum water level of 7.29 metres, data provided by the flood warning center showed.

“The flooding situation in Sylhet and Sunamganj remained virtually unchanged but worsened in Moulvibazar and Habiganj,” said Muhammad Mosharrof Hossain, divisional commissioner of Sylhet.

The situation was also rapidly deteriorating in Netrakona, where more than 88,000 people took refuge in flood shelters between Sunday and Monday.

The total number of people housed in Sylhet division soared to 4.46 lakhs on Monday, according to the divisional commissioner’s office.

Sylhet and Sunamganj districts remained mostly without electricity and cut off from road communications.

There is no way of knowing what life was like for those who were unable to make it to any of the flood shelters set up by the government because their phones died as early as Saturday.

The New Age correspondent in Lalmonirhat reported that about 1.5 lakh people in Kurigram driven from their homes by the floods were living on the roads and embankments as there were only 13 open flood shelters in the district. .

The floods left about 2.5 lakh people stranded in Kurigram.

“We plan to open more flood shelters soon,” said Rezaul Karim, deputy commissioner of Kurigram.

At least three people were crushed to death under their homes in Kurigram on Monday and a man was killed in Lalmonirhat in the same way.

Those who died in Kurigram were identified as Omor Ali, 61, Rabeya, 57, and Afil Miah, 57, from different regions and in Lalmonirhat as Quddus, 58.

The mighty Brahmaputra, Dharla, Jamuna and Ghaghat were flowing above their danger levels, up to more than a meter amid continuous heavy rains in the watersheds.

Sixty-one houses were swept away while five embankments collapsed in Rangpur division on Monday, authorities said.

A serious food and drinking water crisis has been reported in flood-affected areas.

Sajib Kanti Rudro, Feni District Relief and Rehabilitation Officer, confirmed the collapse of three dykes in Fulgazi Upazila, flooding five villages and affecting 3,000 people.

The dykes gave way following an abnormal rise in the water level of the Muhuri River, which swelled more than three meters in 24 hours until 9 a.m. Monday.

According to the FFWC’s daily flood bulletin on Monday, nine major rivers flow above the danger mark at 19 points in nine districts.

The rivers that cross the danger boundary are the Brahmaputra, Teesta, Dharla, Ghaghat, Jamuna, Someshwari, Surma, Kushiyara, Khowai and Old Surma.

The flood warning center has warned that major rivers could continue to swell for the next 48 hours following heavy rain upstream.

India’s meteorological department has predicted widespread rains, with heavy falls in northeast India, sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim, Bihar, Jharkhand and Gangetic West Bengal over the next five days. .

During the 24-hour reporting period up to 9:00 a.m. Bangladesh time on Monday, IMD reported that Tripura reported 570 percent above normal rainfall, followed by Sikkim with 200 percent, Arunachal Pradesh with 52 percent, Bihar with 38 percent, and Assam with 21 percent.

Bangladesh continued to see extreme rainfall as upriver across the border, with the flood warning center recording a downpour of 242mm in Chattogram, during the 24-hour reporting period, followed by Parshuram with 175mm and Teknaf with 146mm.

According to a forecast by FFWC, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogura, Sirajganj, Jamalpur and Tangail may see the flood situation worsen today.

Bangladesh Meteorological Department predicted rain almost everywhere in the country today with heavy to very heavy falls in parts of Rangpur, Dhaka, Mymensingh, Sylhet, Barishal, Khulna and Chattogram divisions.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is due to visit flood-hit Sylhet district on Tuesday to inspect the overall situation.

A woman sits with her newborn baby on her lap at the rescue center at Jolu Abadipara Government Primary School in Goainghat upazila of Sylhet on Monday. — New Age Photo

On Monday, volunteers distribute food to flood-affected people in front of Kochuapar Government Primary School in Goainghat Upazila in Sylhet. — New Age Photo