Water in Padma river has been increasing rapidly in the last few days, flooding low lying areas and shoals of Pabna’s Sadar and Ishwardi upazilas.
Crop fields, especially those with vegetables, have been damaged in the shoal areas of Pabna due to the flood water, according to the district’s Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) office.
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Water in Padma river is currently flowing at 14.19 meter at Hardinge bridge point in Pabna and the danger level of Padma is set at 14.25 meter, according to the hydrology office in Pabna.
Md Jahidul Islam, executive engineer of Pabna Hydrology, has said the river is swelling due to the onslaught of water from upstream.
“The water is almost near danger level but we are expecting that the water level will not cross the danger mark at this moment,” said Md Jahidul Islam.
While visiting Bhobanipur and Lokhmikunda area of Ishwardi upazila and Ghoshpur, Char Shibrampur and few other areas beside Padma in Pabna Sadar upazila yesterday morning, our Pabna correspondent found shoals and cultivated land submerged as the river water flooded low lying areas.
Talking to this correspondent, Md Jamal Uddin, sub-assistant agriculture officer of Pabna’s DAE said a total of 808 hectare of crop fields were damaged in the shoal areas beside Padma in last one week.
“People of the shoal areas mostly cultivate vegetable and bananas in the shoal land in Pabna. Due to the flood 431 hectare vegetable field and 280 hectare of banana fields were massively damaged,” Jamal said.
Meanwhile, water level of Jamuna river has risen by six cm at Manikganj’s Aricha Point and was flowing four cm above the danger level in last 24 hours.
The low-lying areas along the river are flooded and vast areas of cropland are being submerged and many areas are under erosion threat, sources at Manikganj Water Development Board said.
“Water level of the Jamuna at Aricha Point has risen by 6 cm in 24 hours from 3:00 pm on Saturday to 3:00 pm (Sunday). It was flowing above the danger level around 3:00 pm,” said Md Faruk Hissain, an official of Water Development Board (WDB) in Manikganj.
While visiting Natunpara area of Shiblaya upazila on the banks of river Jamuna this noon, our Manikganj correspondent found that water had entered localities and roads were submerged. People were seen moving in knee deep water.