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Flood situation may worsen in central districts

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News Desk :
The flood situation may deteriorate in the central districts of the country while conditions in the northern districts will remain unchanged, according to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC).
The flood forecast noted that the situation might worsen in Tangail, Manikganj, Rajbari and Faridpur due to the increase in the water levels of the Padma, Dhaleswari, Jamuna and some other rivers.
On the other hand, the flood situation may remain unchanged in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Jamalpur  and Sirajganj due to a slight fall in the water levels of the Brahmaputra, Dharla, Ghagot and Jamuna at different points.
According to the FFWC, water levels may continue to rise in the Padma and the Ganges for the next two days. Water levels of the Dhaleswari in Tangail and the Jamuna in Manikganj will continue to rise. 
The Dhaleswari has crossed the danger level already and is flowing 32cm above the danger mark at Elasin point of Tangail, while the Jamuna may cross the danger level in the next 12 hours at Aricha point of Manikganj. Currently the Jamuna is flowing only 4cm from the danger point at Aricha.
Meanwhile, the Padma River is flowing at 31cm above the danger level at Goalundo point in Rajbari while the water level at the Bhagyakul, Mawa, and Sureswar point is also on the rise. At Bhagyakul point, the Padma may cross the danger level in the next 24 hours.
According to the latest bulletin uploaded by the FFWC, the Padma was flowing 31cm above the danger level at Goalundo point at 9am on Wednesday. In the last 18 hours, the water level has increased by 11cm at this point.
The water level was 13cm below danger level at Bhagyakul point of Munshiganj, increasing by 17cm in the last 18 hours. At Mawa point of the same district, the Padma is flowing 20cm below the danger line, while at Sureswar point of Shariatpur the mighty river is flowing 50cm below the danger level.
Currently the water level is above the danger mark at 14 points. Of them, water levels are increasing at six points, decreasing at seven points, and one of the points has remained unchanged in the last 24 hours.
During the same period, among the total 101 observation stations across the country, water levels increased at 53 points, decreased at 47 points and remained unchanged at one point.
FFWC Executive Engineer Md Arifuzzaman Bhuyan told Dhaka Tribune: "We do not say the flood situation in the northern districts is improving. We use the term 'unchanged,'  as the water level may further increase a week later due to increased rainfall."
The water levels of the Brahmaputra and Jamuna rivers may remain stable in the next 24 hours. The water levels of the rivers of the upper Meghna Basin are falling. It may continue for the next 72 hours.
Due to some rainfall, the water levels of the Dhorola, Ghagot, Brahmaputra and Jamuna rivers are flowing above the danger mark, which is delaying a swift improvement of the flood situation in the northern districts.
Weather forecast
Two days ago, almost the whole country witnessed different levels of rainfall. The rainfall was reduced on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the Met Office gave a weather forecast for the next 24 hours expecting less rainfall than in the previous couple of days, which indicates a decrease in the water level in the northern districts.
According to the weather forecast from the Bangladesh Meteorological Department, light to moderate rain/thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty winds are likely to occur at many places over Rangpur, Mymensingh, Chittagong and Sylhet divisions; at a few places over Dhaka, Khulna and Barisal divisions, and at one or two places over Rajshahi division.

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