Floodwater from hills entering Moharoshi area in Jhenaigati of Sherpur. The photo was taken on Saturday. -AA
The flood situation has worsened in 13 eastern, southern and northern districts of the country with the water levels in different rivers increasing on Saturday.
According to Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC), water levels increased at around 79 river stations across the country with the waters at 23 point flowing above the danger level.
A bulletin issued by the FFWC on Saturday said water levels dropped at 11 points out of 93 stations the center monitored while they remained steady at two other stations.
The most affected districts are Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Bogura, Sylhet, Sunamganj, Habiganj, Sherpur, Netrokona, Feni, Chattogram, Bandarban and Cox's Bazar, where new areas have become inundated, marooning thousands of people.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina already instructed the authorities concerned to take extensive preparations amid growing fears of flooding as heavy rain over the next few days have been forecast by the Met Office.
The FFWC bulletin said major rivers including the Surma, Kushiyara, Kangsha, Feni, Haldha, Matamuhuri, Sangu and Dharala in Chattogram, Sylhet and Rangpur divisions may rise rapidly in the next 24 hours starting from Saturday morning.
According to the bulletin, floodwater may rise in areas of Netrokona, Sunamganj, Sylhet, Chattogram, Cox's Bazaar, Bandarban, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Jamalpur and Gaibandha during the period.
The points where waters were flowing above the danger level include the Surma's Kanaighat (142cm), Sylhet (60cm) and Sunamganj (84cm), Kushiyara's Amalshid (128cm), Sheola (62cm), Sherpur (42cm) and Sylhet (37cm), Manu's Moulvibazar (33cm), Dhalai's Kamalganj (41cm), Khowai's Ballah (83cm), Someswarit's Kalmakanda (65cm), Kangsha's Jariajanjail (24cm), Halda's
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