Around 13 lakh people of the country’s north, northeastern and hill regions have been stranded in flooded areas amid heavy downpour and onrush of water from upstream.

The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) said the situation may deteriorate today in Netrokona, Sunamganj, Sylhet, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Bandarban, Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Jamalpur and Gaibandha.

All major rivers may continue to swell further in the next 72 hours, while the Jamuna in Bogura’s Sariakandi may flow well over the safe level today, officials said.

Water levels of the Surma, Kushiyara, Kangsha, Feni, Halda, Matamuhuri, Sangu and Dharala are also likely to rise more, flooding new areas in Chattogram, Sylhet and Rangpur divisions today.

The FFWC yesterday monitored different rivers from 93 stations and found that water level was dangerously high at 23 places, said Arifuzzaman, executive engineer of the centre.

UNB reports, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at an event at her office said, “We must remain alert, so that the flood can’t harm people.”

In Lalmonirhat, almost one lakh people of 80 villages in five upazilas are stranded amid acute shortage of food and safe water.

The Teesta has been flowing 44 cm above the safe level at Teesta barrage and Dharla 41 cm at Shimulbari, said Bajle Karim, sub-divisional engineer of Water Development Board.

The situation worsened as flood control dams collapsed in some areas.

In Gaibandha, over 40,000 people of four upazilas are stranded with no road communication.

The Jamuna was flowing 37 cm above the safe level, Teesta 9 cm and Ghagot 11 cm near the town.

Flood protection embankments and dams may collapse anytime, said Moklesur Rahman, executive engineer of WDB in the district.

In Bogura, the Jamuna river was flowing 8 cm above safe level in Sriakandi yesterday. Around 10,000 people are already waterlogged in the district. At least 14 flooded schools have been shut.

In Kurigram, around one lakh people of nine upazilas are directly affected by swollen rivers.

In Rangpur, some 10,000 people of two upazilas are stranded in floodwater as Teesta flows 48cm above safe level.

The situation is similar in Nilphamari.

In Sylhet, the Surma and Kushiyara rivers are overflowing.

Tens of thousands of people are stranded in Sunamganj, Habiganj and Netrokona districts.

In Chattogram, over nine lakh people of 39 upazilas are directly affected by flash floods, officials said.

A total of 284 medical teams are deployed to tackle any emergency, said the district civil surgeon office.

Hundreds of thousands of people are stranded in Khagrachari and Bandarban.

Our Lalmonirhat, Gaibandha, Bogura, Kurigram, Dinajpur, Nilphamari, Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Mymensingh, Chattogram, Khagrachari and Bandarban correspondents contributed to the report.

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