Wednesday, August 12, 2020

City dwellers suffer as mercury rises

Staff Reporter :
Sufferings of the city dwellers increased further on Tuesday amid rise in mercury with low rain.
The maximum temperature of Dhaka city was recorded as 34.5 degrees Celsius on the day while the minimum temp was 29 degrees.
The city witnessed only 1.0 mm rainfall on the day while the sky was partly cloudy which raise the heat further, said Met Office.
Humidity was recorded as 74 per cent in the environment which declined to 68 per cent in the evening.
The highest temperature was measured in Tangail as 35.5 degrees on the day.
Larergarh witnessed the highest rainfall of 115 mm on the day, said Met Office.Meteorologist Dr Sadequl Alam said the city and other areas were experiencing much low rain for the last one and a half weeks which intensified the woes of people.
He said humidity level normally remains highest in July-August period when heavy rain helps to ease hot weather.
But the condition is different this year amid low rain during this period, he said.
He said a low was intensifying in the north bay which already hit few states of India but it was yet to put any impact on Bangladesh.
He said there is a chance of heavy rain form the fourth week of this month and before that such boiling weather might persist.
Sun will rise at 5:33am while sunset will be at 6:34pm on Wednesday.
However, flood condition in the North-Eastern regions in the Brahmaputra and Kushiara basins started deteriorating further amid onrush of upstream water from neighbouring India.
Many fresh areas in Kurigram, Sylhet, Moulovibazar, Sunamganj and Habiganj inundated due to rising water in the rivers, said the Bangladesh Water Department Board (BWDB).
The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) under the BWDB said water was rising in Bramaputra and Kushiara which might continue for the next two days.
However, water flow in other basins was declining which might sustain for the next day.
Water in the rivers around the Dhaka district was also falling which would continue for next one day, said FFWC.
However, major rivers in 27 stations showed a rise while decline in 72 points.
Six rivers in nine stations were flowing above their danger mark on the day.
According to the government data, a total of 5.6 million people have been affected and 198 killed in the one and a half months long flood.