Flood condition in Kurigram may deteriorate

Flood condition in Kurigram may deteriorate

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Dhaka-A rising Brahmaputra flowing over its danger level the along with smaller rivers have threatened more areas in Kurigram whose flood condition may deteriorate further in next 48 hours, the flood forecasting and warning centre(FFWC) said yesterday.The little rivers like Dharla and Dudhkumar too have also been menacing thousands trapped in the low lying areas, especially in the char lands of the district, inhabited mainly by the poor, reports said.
The Teesta, another river swelled by the rain waters in its upstream in the Himalayas has also been menacing thousands more in the neighbouring districts of Nilphamari and Lalmonirhat.
Altogether at least 50,000 people have been affected by the sudden floods in Kurigram and Lalmonirhat, who are facing problems in getting drinking water and cooked food, waiting for urgent help from the administration, reports said.
Along with the swelling Brahmaputra, one of its distributaries the Dhaleswari at Elasin in Tangail continued to rise.
The FFWC forecast said, the Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Surma-Kushiyara river systems are in spate and maintain their rising trend in the next 48 hours.
The rising Ganges-Padma systems may also likely to maintain their rising trend in the next 72 hours.
An official of the FFWC Ripon Karmaker told The Independent yesterday the rivers rise were due to the rains upstream and at home.
Both the reports from the Indian Meteorological Department and the Bangladesh Meteorological Department forecast the rains are likely in the next three days following an active Monsoon over the region.
The rains may aggravate the situation further, Karmaker warned.
Already heavy rains in Sunamganj have deteriorated the situation there with more areas, croplands and homesteads coming under water from a swollen Surma-Kushiyara system flooding the areas vast Haors ( wetlands ) that spilled over the embankments at many places flooding croplands and homesteads.
Already, the water development board rain gauge at Lorergarh in Sunamganj has measured 150mm rains overnight.
Meanwhile, heavy rains upstream, swelled the Muhuri river that ripped through its embankment, flooding at least five villages in Fulgazi Sadar union of Feni yesterday trapping many people as water entered their homes with the river flowing 1.6 Metre above its danger mark.
The sudden onrush of water also flooded Aman rice seedbeds and swept away fish from many ponds , our correspondent from Noakhali reported.

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