At least 2 lakhs people marooned in North Bengal

Rezaul Karim Manik | Published: 19:03, Jun 29,2020


The water level of the River Teesta and River Dharala were flowing above the danger level on Monday due to heavy downpour and onrush of water from the hilly areas of the upstream.

Bangladesh Water Development Board Northern division chief engineer Jotiy Prasad Gosh said that the Teesta was flowing at least 2 centimetres above the danger level at Dalia point while Dharala 77 centimetres, the River Brahmaputra at Chilmari Point in Kurigram was flowing 76 centimetres above the danger mark in the morning, flooding vast areas of 19 upazilas including Gangachara, Kawnia, Pirgacha, Sundarganj, Fulchari, Rajarhat, Olipur, Hatibandha, Kaliganj, Aditmari and Lalmonirhat Sadar.

Thousands of people of these flood-hit upazilas are now marooned.

If the flow of water from the hilly areas continued, some 85 villages of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Lalmonirhat and Rangpur districts would be flooded freshly, the local administration apprehended.

Meanwhile, local BWDB officials asked the inhabitants of the low-lying areas of the Teesta, Dharala and Brahmaputra to remain alert about the latest flood situation.

People of the flood-hit in Chilmari upazila said that they had been marooned for Five days; but they were yet to get any help from the authorities concerned.

Asgor Ali, chairman of Ramna Union Parishad of Kurigram’s Chilmari upazila, and Shafiqul Islam, chairman of Tapamodhupur Union Parishad of Rangpur’s Kawnia upazila said that they did not receive any government help yet, but the list of the affected people was being processed.

Serajul Islam, a flood-victim of village Dakshin Balapara of Aditmari upazila, said that they had taken shelter at the WDB dyke with their families and cattle.

He said they did not receive any government relief yet.

About 50 hectares of Aman paddy seedbed and several thousand hectares of maize, nuts and vegetable fields were flooded, according to local agriculture office.

The Brahmaputra at Fulchori point was flowing 77cm above the danger level on Monday.

Over 65 hectares of jute field, 36 hectares of Aush field, 11 hectares of Aman seedbeds, 20 hectares of Teel field, 51 hectares of vegetable field and 20 hectares of peanut field in the area went underwater, said local agriculture officials.

Kurigram deputy commissioner Rezaul Karim said some 302 tonnes of rice and Tk 36.50 lakhs in cash had been allocated for relief.

Lalmonirhat DC said that 80 tonnes of rice and Tk 8.26 lakhs in cash were allocated for the flood victims.

Rangpur divisional commissioner KM Tarikul Islam said that they were monitoring the situation and had asked the higher authorities for relief.

The WDB sources said that onrush of hilly waters causes concern as India opened 54 gates of Gajaldoba Barrage and issued alert in the adjacent areas.

Teesta Barrage authorities also opened 44 gates to tackle the pressure of gushing waters from upstream, leaving at least 2 lakhs people of 113 villages of 19 upazilas in Rangpur in Bangladesh marooned.

Meanwhile, embankment at Chilmari point under Ramna union of Chilmari upazila was eroded due to the pressure of gushing water causing fear of further erosion.

Water Development Board Northern zone chief engineer Joity Prashad Gosh said, ‘We have started dumping sand bags in the affected areas to prevent further erosion.’

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