Rising rivers erode banks, inundate low-lying villages

WDB orders people relocate in Lalmonirhat

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:16, Jul 06,2018

 
 

People carrying essentials wade through waist-deep water on a road in Borohat area in Moulvibazar on Sunday after the town protection embankment gets broken. — Focusbangla file photo

After flooding 63 chars where about 30,000 people are left marooned in the northern district of Lalmonirhat, rising Teesta and Dharla inundated dozens of villages since Wednesday night.
Water Development Board ordered people living in 19 villages under three upazilas in Lalmonirhat to relocate for the river erosion was likely to take turn for the worse.
In northeastern districts of Sylhet and Sunamganj, overflowing rivers flooded five upazilas affecting about 1,30,000 people.
The country’s major rivers are rapidly swelling following three days’ heavy rain in the upstream and inside the country with forecasters warning that some of the rivers would be flooded.
‘In the next five days more areas in north and northwestern regions would be inundated,’ said Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre assistant engineer Sardar Uday Raihan.
According to him, heavy rain is forecasted in the upstream for next 72 hours since Thursday afternoon which may lead to moderate flooding in the downstream next week.
The northern Lalmonirhat district is one of the major points through which water from upstream enters Bangladesh through Teesta barrage.
Our Lalmonirhat correspondent reported that water was flowing 5 cm above danger level at the barrage in the afternoon.
Lalmonirhat deputy commissioner Shafiul Arif said that they started emergency relief service for people living in the 63 chars dotting the rivers Teesta and Dharla.
The rivers burst banks at several points in Sadar, Hatibandha and Aditmari upazilas devouring about 40 houses and flooding about 200 other homes.
WDB executive engineer Abdullah Al Mamun said that they were throwing geo bags in the rivers to check erosion.
He said that they asked about 200 families to relocate until the situation improved.
Kularghat Union Parishad chairman Idris Ali said that people were staying awake at night fearing that the situation might deteriorate rapidly.
Jahirul Islam, a resident of village Shiberkuti in Sadar upazila, relocated after spending Wednesday night at his home by the bank of the Teesta.
‘Teesta keeps roaring all the time. It has come so close to my home that I could not dare live there,’ said Jahirul.
Our Sylhet correspondent reported that the entire Gwainghat upazila was inundated affecting 30,000 people.
In Sunamganj, low-lying areas of Sadar, Bishwambarpur, Duarabazar and Tahirpur upazilas were also flooded mainly due to huge flow of water from the upstream, leaving about 1,00,000 people marooned.
All the eight areas the FFWC put on pink alert, the third highest flood alert, are from Sylhet division. Rivers in the areas — Surma, Kushiyara, Old Surma and Someswari — were flowing up to 121 centimetres above the danger level in the areas.
On Thursday, the FFWC recorded that most of the rivers in the country swelled in the 24 hours ending 9:00am.
During the same period, the FFWC recorded the country’s highest rainfall of 200 mm at Chhatak in Sylhet.
Bangladesh Met Office also recorded 200 mm rainfall at Tetulia in Rangpur in 24 hours till 6:00am.
It said that the rain was due to fairly active monsoon over Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Water Development Board in a press release sent to media said that its employees would not be allowed to go on leave until September until the situation improved to provide emergency service for people living in flood affected areas.

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