92 houses eroded as Teesta, Dharla recede

Rezaul Karim Manik . Lalmonirhat | Published: 02:45, Sep 23,2019


The sudden decrease in water flow in Teesta and Dharala basins triggered serious river erosion in many areas of Lalmonirhat.

In the last 24 hours, Teesta and Dharala rivers devoured some 92 houses in Lalmonirhat.  

Scarcity of food and pure drinking water turned acute in the flood-hit areas as over one 65,000 people in 36 villages in Hatibandha, Kaliganj, Aditmari and Sadar upazilas of the Teesta basin remained trapped in floodwaters for the past five days.

The Teesta was flowing 20cm below the danger level while the Dharla was flowing 25cm below the red mark at Kulaghat point on Sunday, according to the local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board.

Ariful Islam, executive engineer of Water Development Board in Lalmonirhat, said Teesta and Dharla devoured at least 92 houses in the last 24 hours.

‘People in most of flood affected areas are suffering from waterborne diseases. We hope the flood situation in Teesta river basin will improve in the next 24-hour but it is uncertain whether the flood situation will improve in the Dharla river basin,’ said Bazle Karim, sub-divisional engineer of the board in Lalmonirhat.

Lalmonirhat deputy commissioner Abu Jafor distributed 2,000 packets of dry foods, Tk 1 lakh in cash and 50 tonnes of rice as general relief among the flood-affected people.

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