Cyclone raises water level in Bagerhat rivers by two to three feet
May 25, 2021, 5:16 p.m.
Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) officials have expressed concern over flooding in low lying areas of Bagerhat, a southwestern district, as Cyclone Yaas raises the water level of local rivers and streams.
Water levels in major rivers and streams in the district were two to three feet higher than normal on Tuesday afternoon, executive engineer BWDB Biswajit Baidya said, bdnews24.com reports.
“Work on a dam under the Sharankhola sub-project is nearing completion,” he said. “The dams of three other polders are not particularly in danger.”
“We are ready to repair any breach of the dams due to the added pressure of the tidal waves.”
Bagerhat fisheries officer ASM Rasel said farmers had been asked to cover more than 67,000 fish pens with nets.
Hundreds of fishing trawlers returned to the local port of Bagerhat after the storm forecast. The local administration prepared 344 shelters for the storm, said Khadiza Akter, district relief and rehabilitation official.
Several hundred volunteers are also on alert. The shelters have dry food and fresh water. Public announcements are also being made in the area to inform residents of the storm.