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Bangladesh is going to experience moderate floods, as all major rivers, including the Jamuna, Teesta, Padma and the Ganges are in spate. The floods that have inundated several areas in Sylhet is likely to affect different districts across the country and will last 7-10 days, sources in the Bangladesh Water Development Board (WDB) told this correspondent. - A home for your website

Many areas of Sylhet division, including Sunamganj, Netrokona and Kishoreganj, have already been flooded, as the waters of the Surma and Kushyara are flowing above the danger level. According to information provided by the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), low-lying areas of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogura, Sirajganj, Jamalpur, Tangail and Manikganj districts are likely to be flooded due to increase in Jamuna waters.

The Teesta is flowing at the warning level and may cross the danger level any time due to heavy rainfall in the upstream in India’s Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts, FFWC sources said. People living in the low-lying areas of Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat and Rangpur are likely to experience flooding due to release of the Teesta waters.

River waters in Barishal division, including Bishkhali and Payra, are also rising. Besides, major rivers in Chattogram, Sylhet and Barishal divisions, including the Surma, Kushiyara, Kangsha, Manu, Khowai, Feni, Haldha, Matamuhuri and the Sangu, may rise rapidly in the next 72 hours due to heavy rainfall in the upstream in India, FFWC sources said.

According to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) and India Meteorological Department, there is a chance of medium to heavy rainfall and in some places very heavy rainfall in the northern, north-eastern and south-eastern parts of Bangladesh, along with adjoining Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura states of India, in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Also, medium to heavy rainfall may occur in the north-west region and adjoining Bihar, West Bengal and Nepal, according to the BMD. “All major rivers may rise in the next 72 hours. The monsoon floods have started. It would last at least 7-10 day in Bangladesh,” the executive engineer of the WDB, who is also in-charge of the FFWC, Md Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, told The Independent yesterday (Wednesday).

When asked if there is any possibility for severe flooding this year, he replied: “It is difficult to predict, as it depends on nature. But our prediction is that Bangladesh will experience moderate floods this year, which has already started.” The waters of the Jadukata river at Lorergarh, Surma at Sunamganj, Khowai at Ballah and the Matamuhuri at Chiringa points are flowing above the danger level, he said.

Bhuiyan further said the Teesta is overflowing at some points of Nilphamari due to continuous rainfall and flow of water from the hills. The Teesta was flowing 10 centimetres below the danger level at the Teesta Barrage point at Daliya in Dimla upazila of Nilphamari on Wednesday afternoon, he added.

However, no flooding was reported from anywhere in the district, said locals and the district administration. Locals said rain was pouring down since Monday morning. With the rising of waters, the Teesta started to swell. People living in char areas are bracing themselves for floods.

Five upazilas of Lalmonirhat have been flooded by waters of the Teesta and Dharla. At least 6,000 families of charlands have been marooned due to flooding in these areas. Abdul Latif Khan, chairman of East Chhatni Union Parishad of Dimla upazila, said Teesta waters started rising from Monday night. But no areas have been flooded yet.

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