8 Important facts about the river Jamuna. Also, see these 3 pictures and an amazing video of the riverside.
The Jamuna is one of the three major rivers of Bangladesh. It is the main tributary of the Brahmaputra river.
Jamuna River history
Formerly the name of the Jamuna river was Jonai. Natural disasters like earthquakes and severe floods between 1782 and 1787 changed the course of the then Jamuna river. At Bahadurabad in Dewanganj Upazila of Jamalpur district, the Brahmaputra river changed its old course and flowed southwards as the Jamuna river and joined the Padma river at Goalanda.
In the flood of 1787, the river Brahmaputra flowed in a new direction and created this river.
Now we are going to share a few important facts about the river Jamuna in 8 points.
Important facts about the river Jamuna
- The Jamuna is the second-longest river in Bangladesh and one of the longest in the world. Its basins cover the territory of Tibet, China, India, and Bangladesh. In fact, the lower reach of the Brahmaputra river is known as the Jamuna river.
- Its length is 240 km from the place of origin. The maximum width of the river Jamuna is 12000 meters.
- The length of Brammaputra-Jamuna in Bangladesh is 26 km. The length of the river Jamuna is 205 km and the length of the river Brahmaputra is 71 km. The width of the river is from 3 km to 20 km but its average width is about 10 km.
- However, during the monsoon, the width of the river Jamuna increases. Which is not less than five kilometers in any direction. Thus, only through its breadth has it become known as one of the most important rivers in the world.
- Floods from May to July are due to increased flow in the Brahmaputra, Jamuna, and Meghna rivers. It tends to increase around August. During the monsoon season, the flow of the river Jamuna is much higher at an average of about 40,000 cusecs.
- One of the most important facts about the river Jamuna is, this is the seventh-largest river in the world after the Amazon, Congo, La Plata, Yangtze, Mississippi, and the Meghna.
- Massive floods often occur in August each year in the riparian areas of this river. The flow of water of Jamuna is faster than that of Padma. Along with the huge body of water, the river Jamuna also carries a large amount of silt. During the monsoon season, the river Jamuna carries about twelve lakh tons of silt daily.
- The annual sediment carrying capacity of Jamuna in the Bahadurabad area is about 735 million tons.
Jamuna River tributaries
There are several major tributaries of the river Jamuna. These are Dhudhkumar, Dhorola, Tista, Korotoa, and Atrai. Among them, Dhudhkumar, Dhorola, Tista rivers are three rivers of fast-flowing nature.
Bangabandhu Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge
At present, there is a 4.8 km bridge over the river Jamuna which is known as Bangabandhu Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge. The eastern end of the bridge is at Bhuapur in the Tangail district and the western end is in Sirajganj Sadar Upazila. Another video is here when I was at the bank of the river Jamuna.
So, these were a few important facts about the river Jamuna. Hope you have liked it.