Update August 17, 2020

Dhaka 3-27 pm, 28-September, 2020

Water level in Ganges basin starts rising again

Mirajul Moin Joy

Water level in many of the major rivers in Ganges basin has started rising again today because of onrushing of floodwater from upstream hilly catchment areas caused by heavy downpour.

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

Water level in the Ganges River went up by three centimeter (cm) each at Pankha, Hardinge Bridge and Talbaria points, while two cm at Rajshahi point in the past twenty-four hours ending at 9 am today, superintending engineer of Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) Mukhlesur Rahman told BSS.

The Ganges River was flowing 197 cm, 210 cm, 127 cm and 113 cm below the danger levels at Pankha, Rajshahi, Hardinge Bridge and Talbaria points respectively, while water level in the Padma River went up by two cm at Goalundo point and the river was flowing eight cm above the danger level, Engineer Mukhlesur Rahman added.

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

Apart from this, the rivers were flowing below the danger level at 28 points, while above the danger level at two points.

Water level of the Korotoa River declined by 27 cm and 13 cm afresh at Chak Rahimpur and at Bogura points respectively and the river was flowing 179 cm and 273 cm below the danger level at the two points respectively this morning.

On the other hand, the local BWDB office has recorded a further rising trend of water at all the three points of the Jamuna River. The water level increased by 5 cm at Sariakandi in Bogura, 6 cm at Kazipur in Sirajganj and three cm at Sirajganj points.

The Jamuna River crossed the danger level by two cm at Sariakandi point. But, the river was still flowing 12 cm and 15 cm below the danger level at Kazipur and at Sirajganj points respectively.

The Gur River was flowing 7 cm above the danger level at Singra in Natore with a one cm fall afresh while the Atrai River was flowing two cm above the danger level with one cm rise.

Besides, the Atrai River was flowing 67 cm below the danger mark at Atrai point in Naogaon with a fall of 9 cm afresh while 381 cm below the danger mark with a 22 cm fall at Mohadevpur point in Naogaon.

Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, executive engineer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), said 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 nine points, while decreased at seven points.

However, the rivers were flowing below the danger level at 13 points, while above the danger mark at three points during the period.

Meanwhile, Additional Divisional Commissioner Moinul Islam said the district and upazila administrations with the local public representatives have been distributing relief materials in the worst-affected areas continuously for the last couple of weeks.

Around 2.14 lakh worst-affected people have, so far, received relief materials to overcome their livelihood related hardships caused by the flood in different districts under Rajshahi division.

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

Some 3,294 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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