Red alert issued in Teesta basin

Rezaul Karim Manik | Published: 11:21, Jul 13,2020


The water development board had also issued a red alert in the Teesta basin as the flood situation continued to deteriorate in the northern region of the country.

Rabiul Islam, the executive engineer of Dalia Water Development Board, made the announcement at about 10:30pm on Sunday.

According to Water Development Board, a lot of water was flowing from India until Sunday night. The water level at Teesta barrage point in Lalmonirhat rose to 55cm above the danger level and water at river Dharla Kulaghat point was flowing above the danger level of 60cm. The water development board said that the water was gradually increasing.

Jyoti Prasad Ghosh, chief engineer of the northern part of the water development board, said that the water level was rising continuously. As a result, new areas of the lowlands were being flooded by the Teesta and Dharla and entering the locality.

The Lalmonirhat-Burimari highway is also under threat. For the second time this monsoon, heavy rainfall and rising river waters have inundated vast areas of the country’s northern region.

Many people, who had moved to shelters after the flood in June and recently returned to repair their homes, found their houses and properties submerged again.

‘Our houses were damaged by flood only a few days ago. Then, the water receded and we came back home. But now our houses have been inundated again, so we are going back to the shelter,’ said Jobeda Bewa, 63, from Char Khuniagachh of Lalmonirhat sadar upazila on Sunday night.

The Teesta’s water is rising due to incessant rain and hill waters from India, upstream from Bangladesh, said Abdul Quader, sub-divisional engineer of Lalmonirhat Water Development Board.

He said that all the gates of the barrage had been opened due to the pressure of water upstream of the dam.

At least 654 chars and low-lying areas, including 170 villages in 47 unions of northern districts along the Teesta, Dharla and Brahmaputra rivers, have been inundated due to rising water levels, he added.

A two-year-old boy named Arman Hossain was drowned in the floodwaters of a small beel next to his residence at village Nawdabosh in Phulbari of Kurigram on Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the Brahmaputra’s water level almost reached the danger mark at the Fulchari point at about 9:00am on Monday morning.

In Bogura, the Jamuna and the Bangali are rising again after falling below the danger mark about three days ago. Within the next two to three days, both the rivers would cross the danger level, said Md Humayan Kabir, assistant engineer of the Bogura Water Development Board.

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