The Teesta and Dharala rivers were again flowing above their danger levels on Thursday leaving 90,000 people marooned due to fresh flooding in many areas in 16 upazilas under Rangpur division.
The River Teesta was flowing at least 16 centimetres above the danger level at Dalia point while Dharala was flowing above 42 centimetres due to heavy downpour and onrush of water from the upstream in India, said officials of the Bangladesh Water Development Board.
The River Brahmaputra was also flowing 22 centimetres above the danger mark at Chilmari point in Kurigram on Thursday.
BWDB sources said that onrush of waters from hilly areas in India and heavy rain in northern region in Bangladesh caused the swelling of the three trans-boundary rivers.
They said that India opened 54 gates of Gajaldoba Barrage worsening the situation.
Teesta Barrage authorities also opened 44 gates to tackle the pressure of gushing waters from the upstream.
Fresh flooding hit many areas in 16 upazilas, including Gangachara, Kawnia, Pirgacha, Sundarganj, Fulchori, Rajarhat, Olipur, Hatibandha, Kaliganj, Aditmari and Lalmonirhat Sadar, said BWDB northern division chief engineer Jotiy Prasad Gosh.
Local administration officials said that fresh areas of 85 villages under the upazilas had gone under water, leaving 90,000 people marooned in the last few days.
The people of the areas were struggling to recover from the damage caused by the floods that ended in August.
Several local people, including housewife Arjina begum and farmer Osman Ali of flood-hit Chilmari upazila, said that although they had been marooned for four days, they did not get any help or cooperation from their union parishad chairmen or the government authorities.
Asgor Ali, chairman of Ramna union parishad in Kurigram’s Chilmari upazila, and Shafiqul Islam, chairman of Tapamodhupur UP in Kawnia upazila in Rangpur, said that they had not received any government help so far.
Rangpur divisional commissioner Abdul Wahab said that they were monitoring the situation and had asked the higher authorities for relief for the affected people.
Meanwhile, the embankment at Chilmari point under Ramna union in Chilmari upazila eroded due to the pressure of onrushing water.
Abdul Hadi, chairman of Laxtari union of Gangachara in Rangpur, said that the Teesta and Saniazan rivers were now separated by only one metre of area. ‘If erosion of both the rivers started together, at least two lakh people of the district will be left marooned,’ he said.
BWDB’s Joity Prashad Gosh said that they had started dumping sand bags in the affected areas to prevent further erosion.
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