The risk of floods is increasing in Sylhet division. Meanwhile, the intensity of floods has also started increasing in the northern part of the country.
Floods are also expected in 14 northern districts in the next two days. At the same time, four districts in the central part of the country may start flooding due to rising river Padma.
The floods in three parts of the country may last for another 8 to 10 days. The government’s Flood Forecast and Warning Center’s long-term flood forecast highlights all such concerns.
According to the Flood Forecasting Center, heavy rains are likely to intensify over the next two days in large parts of Meghalaya, Assam and West Bengal in the upper reaches of the country.
Due to the rains that have already started, the water of the upstream rivers is increasing. The flood situation could take a serious turn with the new rains. On the other hand, heavy rains have started upstream of the main river Padma.
It may increase further. As a result, floods may start in the lower areas of Shariatpur, Madaripur, Chandpur and Faridpur.
Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center, told Prothom Alo that at the same time, water levels in the country’s two main river basins, the Brahmaputra and the Ganges, are rising.
At the same time, the water of Teesta has already increased and exceeded the danger level. As a result, there could be moderate floods in the country this time. In 8 to 10 days, 30 to 40 percent of the country may be inundated.
According to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center, flood waters from Kurigram in the Brahmaputra basin are moving further.
As a result, flood waters could enter Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogra, Tangail, Sirajganj, Manikganj and Pabna in the next few days. The Teesta basin may start flooding in Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Rangpur.
The flood record in Sylhet has been broken
The ongoing floods in Sylhet division have broken all previous records of the country. Upstream slopes of this section 80 percent of the area is now under water. Of this, 90 percent area of Sunamganj has been submerged.
The water is now everywhere except for some high places, hilly areas and buildings in the remaining three district towns. The water level is expected to rise further in the next two days.
The Center for Flood Forecasting and Warning says that in June 1997, there were many such floods in Sylhet division. But then most of the floods were mainly confined to the lowlands of Haor and Sunamganj.
In 2019, Sunamganj and Sylhet cities were suddenly flooded for two-three days. But most of the area of Sylhet division was not flooded.
Engineer Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan told Prothom Alo that about 70 per cent of a section of the country has not been flooded before. The previous floods in Sylhet were mainly confined to the haor area and its adjoining areas.
But this time villages, towns and highlands have also gone under water. And this water is less likely to come down before Monday. Because, heavy rain is forecast for the next two days upstream.
According to ECMW, the European Union’s satellite organization, Cherrapunji in Meghalaya, India, will receive 500 to 600 mm of rain in the upper reaches of Bangladesh on Saturday.
Earlier in the last 24 hours there was 962 mm of rain; Which is the third highest rainfall in 122 years. And in the last three days there has been about two and a half thousand millimeters of rain. There is no record of so much rain in the last 100 years in these few days.