Major rivers across country swell afresh

Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan

The heavy rains in upstream India Monday swelled all the major rivers in Bangladesh, according to the Water Development Board.
The major rivers were expected to recede rapidly, said WDB officials.
According to Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, the Brahmaputra-Jamuna, Ganges-Padma and Surma-Kushiyara rivers began to swell again Monday.
The Brahmaputra-Jamuna might continue to rise over the next 24 hours, they said.
The Padma also might slightly rise over the next 24 hours, the forecast said.
The Teesta flows reached warning level at Dalia in Nilphamari district.
The Kobadak reached warning level at Jhikargachha.
Rupsa reached warning level at Khulna.
The Kushiyara reached warning level at Sheola and Sherpur in Sylhet.
WDB officials said that the warning level is just below the danger mark of rivers.
When asked, FFWC’s executive engineer Sazzad Hossain told New Age that the localized downpours in India just above Bangladesh swelled the major rivers in the lower riparian country.
He said that no harm was expected as all the major rivers in Bangladesh were flowing far bellow of their danger marks and the monsoon was retreating from the subcontinent.
Swelling of the Teesta due to heavy rains in India inundated low lying chars in Nilphamari causing fresh distress to char people in Hatibandha, Kaliganj Aditmari and Lalmonirhat.

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