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Thursday 19th of July 2018 11:28 AM

Flooding worsens in low-lying areas

Bangladesh Dhaka corrspondent : Heavy downpour in the last few days and water from the upstream have flooded different low-lying areas in Rangamati, Khagrachhari, Sylhet, Sunamganj and Nilphamari districts.
Kaptai Lake in Rangamati was also above the danger level on Wednesday.
Sources at Kaptai Water and Electricity Centre said the authorities concerned have opened eight out of 16 gates of the spillway of the dam to release 4,500 cusecs of water to the Karnaphuli River to avoid the danger and to handle the excessive pressure of water.
On the other hand, road communications between Chattogram and Rangamati remained suspended since Tuesday morning due to landslides at different points on the road.
In Khagrachhari, different parts of Dighinala upazila, which had experienced serious flooding barely two weeks ago, were flooded again on Wednesday due to torrential rains.
Farmers in the low lying regions fear that the flood might ruin their crops.
In Sunamganj, several hundred thousand people were marooned in Dowarabazar, Shalla, Tahirpur, and Dharamapasha upazilas due to floods caused by the rains.
The local Water Development Board recorded 120mm of rainfall till Wednesday morning.
In Nilphamari, a number of villages in Dimla and Jaldhaka upazilas were flooded by the rising waters of the Teesta River, said local public representatives.
Heavy to very heavy rainfall with gusty winds are likely at places in Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Chattogram divisions, due to active monsoon weather during the next 24 hours, commencing 6pm on Wednesday.

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