Short-term floods likely in June: BMD...

Short-term floods likely in June: BMD

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 12:37 PM, 3 June 2022   Updated: 05:08 PM, 3 June 2022

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has warned of “short-term floods” this June due to heavy rains. At the same time, there is a possibility of a mild heat wave in some parts of the country.

BMD director Md. Azizur Rahman has given this information.

In the first 10 days of this month, southwest monsoon winds or rains are likely to spread across the country, he said. One to two low pressures may occur in the Bay of Bengal this month — one of these can turn into “seasonal depression”.

He added that heavy rains could cause short-term flood conditions in some parts of the north, northeast, north-central region and southeast of the country. Besides, mild to moderate heat waves may occur “intermittently” during this month.

Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan, an executive engineer of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Center, said there was no fear of crossing the danger level of the Ganges-Padma and Brahmaputra-Jamuna basins in the next two weeks. However, the water level of the Meghna River may temporarily cross the line somewhere.

“In the southeastern hilly basin, short-term flooding may occur in low-lying areas due to moderate rainfall due to monsoon winds,” he further said.

Noted that in the last half of April this year and in the middle of May, in the second phase, flash floods hit the low-lying areas of Haor and bordering upazilas. 85 unions in 13 upazilas of Sylhet were inundated by the sudden hill slope. Roads and bridges in Haor under Sunamganj have collapsed and communication has been cut off in several places. 

The floods of May inundated Sylhet Sadar, South Surma, Companiganj, Gowainghat, Jaintapur, Zakiganj, Kanaighat, Fenchuganj upazilas, then Beanibazar and Golapganj upazilas and lower areas of Sunamganj’s Chhatak, Doarabazar, Tahirpur and Bishwamvarpur upazilas. The locals in these areas have been suffering for more than a week.