Heavy rain upstream may worsen flood

In this aerial photo inundated houses are seen in Sunamganj on July 14 [Munir Uz Zaman/AFP]

The moderate-to-heavy rain in the southwestern and south-central coastal regions may worsen the ongoing flood situation in the country.

“According to the numerical model of Bangladesh Meteorological Department, there is a chance to have moderate to heavy rainfall in the south-western and south-central coastal regions. Rivers may rise rapidly during this time,” said the latest flood situation bulletin of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) on Friday.

“The well-marked low over Bihar-Gangetic West Bengal and adjoining area now lies over central Madhya Pradesh of India and adjoining areas. The axis of monsoon runs through Rajastan, the centre of the well-marked low, Bihar, Gangetic west Bengal to Assam across the central part of Bangladesh,” forecasted Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD).

It also forecasted that light to moderate rain or thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at most places over Rajshahi, Khulna, Barishal and Chattogram divisions; at many places over Dhaka, Sylhet, Rangpur and Mymensingh divisions with moderately heavy to heavy rainfall at places over the country. Flooding across Bangladesh could worsen slightly due to heavy rain across North Bengal and NE India.