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Floods in Bangladesh: 2004

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RAINFALL AND RIVER SITUATION SUMMARY AS ON 21st JULY 2004
Source: Flood Forecasting Centre (FFC), Bangladesh Water Development Board
The New Nation, Independent Daily


General

Since the onset of the monsoon the overall flood situation in the country has further worsened. Surging river waters have covered large areas of land and torrential rains have mounted the misery of millions of people marooned in different districts. On July 12th flood situation took a devastating turn when all the three major river systems were in spate due to heavy downpour in the upper watersheds. On July 16th fifty people were feared dead after a river burst its banks near Bogra town.

The flood situation in the districts of Sylhet, Sunamganj, Mymensing and Netrokona may remain unchanged and that in Moulvi Bazar, Habiganj, Sherpur is likely to deteriorate further. The flood situation in the districts of Kurigram, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Pabna, Serajganj, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Nawabganj, Narshingdhi, Madaripur, Shariatpur & Narayanganj, Kishoreganj & Brahmanbaria is likely to deteriorate. THE FLOOD SITUATION IN THE DISTRICT OF DHAKA MAY CONTINUE TO DETERIORATE FURTHER. The flood situation in the districts of Bogra, Jamalpur and Naogaon is likely to be unchanged.

Rainfall

Light to moderately rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy fall at few places over the Brahmaputra, Ganges & Meghna and moderate rainfall at many places with heavy fall at a few places over the South Eastern Hill basins has been recorded during the last 24 hours ending at 9 A.M. today. Significant rainfall was recorded 165.0 mm at Moulvi Bazar, 144.0 mm at Dalia, 127.0 mm at Lorergarh, 95.3 mm at Panchagarh, 85.5 mm at Chandpur, 82.7 mm at Barisal, 74.6 mm at Noakhali, 70.0 mm at Ramgarh, 60.0 mm at Dewanganj, 58.6 mm at Kushtia, 55.6 mm at Jessore, 54.2 mm at Satkhira and 53.6 mm at Kaunia during the same period.

General River Condition

The Brahmaputra-Jamuna observed rise at upstream points while in the downstream points it recorded fall except at Serajganj. The Ganges-Padma also recorded slight rise & fall. The rivers in the Meghna & the South Eastern Hill basins registered rise & fall. Out of 86 monitoring stations 40 recorded rise, 22 fall and 2 point remained steady. Among them 33 points are flowing above danger level this morning. The detail of the basin report is as follows:

Brahmaputra Basin
The Brahmaputra-Jamuna registered rise by 35 cm at Noonkhawa, 31 cm at Chilmari & 5 cm at Serajganj While it recorded fall by 9 cm at Bahadurabad & by 4 cm at Aricha and is flowing above danger level at Chilmari, Serajganj & Aricha by 22 cm, 65 cm & by 63 cm respectively. The Ghagot at Gaibandha recorded rise by 5 cm and is flowing above danger level by 82 cm. The Old Brahmaputra observed rise by 3 cm at Jamalpur while it receded by 7 cm at Mymensingh and is flowing above danger level by 18 cm at Jamalpur and by 68 cm at Mymensingh. The Buriganga recorded rise by 16 cm at Dhaka and is flowing by 16 cm above danger level. The Balu at Demra registered rise by 10 cm & the Lakhya at Narayanganj rose by 9 cm and is flowing above danger level by 154 cm & 88 respectively. The Turag at Mirpur rose by 26 cm and is flowing above danger level by 47cm. The Tongi khal at Tongi recorded rise by 29 cm & is flowing above 1danger level by 16 cm. The Kaliganga at Taraghat registered rise by 3 cm and is flowing above danger level by 130 cm. The Dhaleswari recorded rise by 4 cm at Jagir & by 7 cm at Rekabibazar and each is flowing above danger level by 101 cm. The Dharla recorded rise by 27 cm at Kurigram and is flowing above danger level by 65 cm. The Teesta recorded rise by 14 cm at Dalia and by 8 cm at Kaunia. Rest of the rivers in this basin is flowing below their respective danger levels.

Ganges Basin
The Ganges-Padma registered slight fall at Pankha & at Goalundo while it recorded slight rise at Hardinge Bridge & at Bhagyakul and it remained steady at Rajshahi and is flowing above danger level at Goalundo by 111 and at Bhagyakul by 102 cm. The little Jamuna at Naogaon registered rise by 17 cm and is flowing above danger level by 14 cm. The Arialkhan recorded further rise by 4 cm at Madaripur and is flowing 59 cm above danger level. The rest of the rivers in this basin are flowing below their respective danger levels. The Punarbhaba registered further rise by 28 cm at Dinajpur. The Mohananda at Chapai-Nawabganj recorded further rise by 9 cm. The Karatoa recorded rise by 40 cm at Panchagarh. The Kumar at Faridpur recorded rise by 20 cm. The Gorai recorded slight rise at Gorai Rly Bridge and remained steady at Kamarkhali.

Meghna Basin
The Surma registered fall by 21 cm at Kanaighat, 28 cm at Sylhet and by 35 cm at Sunamganj and is flowing above danger level by 154 cm at Kanaighat, 90 cm at Sylhet and by 115 cm at Sunamganj. The Kushiyara recorded rise at Amalshid by 5 cm, at Sherpur by 9 cm while it recorded fall by 3 cm at Sheola and is flowing above danger level by 207 cm at Amalshid, by 92 cm at Sheola and by 67 cm at Sherpur. The Manu remained steady at Chatalaghat, slight fall at Manu Rly.Br while it recorded rise by 68 cm at Moulvi Bazar and is flowing above danger level by 58 cm at Manu Rly.Br & by 123 cm at Moulvi Bazar. The Khowai observed rise by 18 cm at Habiganj and is flowing above danger level by 160 cm at Habiganj. The Dhalai at Kamalganj rose by 4 cm and is flowing 321 cm above danger level. The Kangsha recorded fall by 14 cm at Jariajanjail and is flowing 219cm above danger level. The Jadukata at lourergar recorded sharp fall by 205 cm and is flowing above danger level by 27 cm.The Meghna at Bhairab Bazar recorded further rise by 26 cm and is flowing 126 cm above danger level. The someswari at Durgapur registered fall by 115 cm and is flowing above danger level by 32 cm. Rest of the rivers in this basin are flowing below their respective danger level. The Bhugai at Nakuagaon recorded sharp fall by 200 cm. The Gomuti rose by 62 cm at Comilla & by 25 cm at Debiddar.

South Eastern Hill Basin
The Muhuri recorded sharp fall by 110 cm at Parshuram. The Halda registered fall by 30 cm at Narayanhat & by 34 cm at Panchpukuria. The Sangu marked further rise by 30 cm at Bandarban and by 19 cm at Dohazari. The Matamuhuri registered fall by 30 cm at Lama and by 47 cm at Chiringa. The river Feni also rose by 15 cm. All the rivers in this basin are flowing below their respective danger levels.