Three minor siblings die in boat capsize

Rains-induced short-term flood likely in northeast districts


Staff Reporter :
Some regions of the country like North and North-Eastern will likely face a medium type flood as weather forecasting agencies said that there is a chance of heavy to extremely heavy rainfall in the upstream next five days.
Meanwhile, three siblings of a family died in Sunamganj as a boat carrying them capsized in the flood water at Gobindapur village under Lakshmansri Union of Sadar Upazila’s on Sunday afternoon.

However, water of the Someswari river is flowing now above the danger level at Kalmakanda. On the other hand, several upazilas including Tahirpur, Chaatak, Doara Bazar and Madhyanagar are getting flooded.

Chairman of Lakshmanshri Union Parishad Abdul Wadud confirmed the boat accident. The deceased were identified as Sohail Ahmed’s daughter Farzana (13) and Marzana (8) and son Robin (4) of Gobindapur village.
Sunamganj Sadar Fire Station official Newton Das said that their team went the spot as soon as they got the message of boat capsize, but the locals recovered the bodies before their arrival at the site.

Partho Protim Barua, duty officer of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) under Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) said, North-Eastern and adjoining upstream regions of the country may experience short-term floods due to heavy rainfall in 48 hours since Sunday morning.
According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), fairly widespread to widespread, light to moderate rainfall with isolated Heavy to Very Heavy falls very likely over Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim, Assam & Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram & Tripura during next 5 days. Apart from it, there are chances of extremely heavy rain falls over Assam & Meghalaya, Sub-Himalaya West Bengal & Sikkim on July 2-3. Isolated heavy rainfall is also likely over Gangetic West Bengal on July 2 and 3 and Jharkhand on July 3 and 4, while over Odisha during July 3- 6, IMD bulletin said.


According to Partho Protim Barua, some rivers of North-Eastern region including Surma, Old Surma, Sarigowain, Khowai, Jadukata, Someswari, and Bhogai-Kangsha may rise rapidly and cause short-term floods in the adjoining low-lying areas as there is a chance of heavy to very heavy rainfall in the region during the period.
Though the Brahmaputra-Jamuna and the Padma rivers are in a steady state, but the Ganges River is in a rising trend, which may continue in the next 48 hours.
All the major rivers in the North-Eastern region of the country are in rising trend.

Due to the chance of heavy rainfall in the adjoining upstream, the Teesta, the Dharala and the Dudhkumar rivers in the Northern region may rise rapidly at times in the next 48 hours.

Teesta river may cross danger level at Dalia point in the next 24 hours, said FFWC.
Last year, the residents of Sylhet district experienced a devastating flood as 70 percent of the district went under floodwater while 10,000 dwelling houses were damaged, causing immense suffering to thousands of people.